Sadiq Khan vowed to protect London’s historic buildings from developers today.
Curzon, Mayfair’s historic cinema, is regularly used for film premiers. However, it was under threat of being shut down over a soundproofing dispute.
Over 25,000 people signed a petition to save it after developers complained their luxury flats they were converting above would experience too much noise.
They want the cinema to pay £500,000 for soundproofing, but Curzon said it would “never obtain approval for as the auditorium and surrounding walls are listed.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I intend to protect venues like the Curzon Mayfair by introducing an ‘Agent of Change’ rule into the next London Plan.
“That would mean developers building flats near existing venues will need to ensure that residents are not unduly affected by sound from the venue, and that may include paying for soundproofing.
“I’m very pleased to hear that Westminster Council included this principle when the planning application was first submitted in 2013, and are taking the necessary steps to protect a cinema which makes a significant contribution to the character of the area and is a real cultural gem.”