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Neighbourhood Planning Bill: Government proposes own amendment to protect pubs

Words: Laura Edgar
Pub - Appeal against a refusal by Herefordshire Council for change of use of the Newtown Inn in Lower Eggleton to a dwelling house

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has tabled an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill that removes permitted development rights from pubs.

This amendment would be in line with Lords amendment 22, agreed during the bill’s report stage.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark’s (Lab) amendment sought to ensure the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 removes permitted development rights from pubs.

A document listing the amendments, published ahead of the bill’s ping pong stage, states that amendment 22 would “remove any planning permission which is granted by a development order for development consisting of a change in the use of any building or land in England from a use within Class A4 to a use of a kind specified in the order”.

Further to this, it removes any planning permission that is granted by a development order for a building operation consisting of the demolition of a building in England that “is used, or was last used, for a purpose within Class A4 or for a purpose including use within that class”.

According to a statement on the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) website, Kennedy said the decision by the government to amend the bill to protect pubs is a “victory for common sense, the much-loved British pub and responsible drinkers everywhere”.

CAMRA chief executive Tim Page added: "This is a fantastic victory for campaigners who have secured the removal of a loophole which allowed pubs to be redeveloped or demolished without reference to the local community or planners.”

The list of full amendments can be found here.

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