A new policy to help protect live music venues is expected to be included in an upcoming Scottish Parliament bill.
The Agent of Change principle means developers putting up new residential buildings near music venues will be responsible for taking appropriate measures to ensure local people are not disturbed by noise.
The Scottish Parliament’s local government committee has recommended the inclusion of the principle in the upcoming Planning (Scotland) Bill.
North-east Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald, who has campaigned on the issue, said: “It is really good news that the MSPs on the local government committee have given their support to the music industry’s campaign for more protection for live music venues across Scotland.
“In their evidence to the committee, both the Music Venue Trust and UK Music highlighted that Scotland had an opportunity to lead the rest of the UK in this area, thanks to the upcoming Planning (Scotland) Bill.
“I hope the Scottish Government will now accept these recommendations and make appropriate changes to the legislation to ensure that the Agent of Change principle is enshrined in law and not just included in guidance to planning authorities.”
Venues closed in the city in recent years due to sound complaints included Downstairs on Holburn Street and Cellar 35 on Rosemount Viaduct.
In October, Mr Macdonald joined forces with campaigner Craig Adams, of the venue Krakatoa on Aberdeen’s Trinity Quay, to push for a change in the legislation.
Mr Adams, a founding member of the workers co-operative that runs Krakatoa, has had to spend £300,000 on soundproofing at the venue in order to avoid closure.
In their report, the local government committee said: “Music venues make an important contribution to the cultural life and economy of Scotland.
“We agree that it is, therefore, unreasonable for those moving into a new development to lodge complaints about pre-existing noise levels that can ultimately result in the closure of such businesses.”