to be protected
Ministers have announced proposals to change the planning regime and provide greater protection for some pubs.
This move will stop valued community pubs from being demolished or converted into different uses against the will of local people, ministers said.
The additional safeguards will apply to pubs which have been formally listed as Assets of Community Value (ACVs).
The initiative, detailed in Parliament this week would mean the removal of permitted development rights for those pubs, now numbering more than 600.
Community Pubs Minister Kris Hopkins told the Commons: “We plan to bring forward secondary legislation at the earliest opportunity so that in England the listing of a pub as an asset of community value will trigger a temporary removal of the national permitted development rights for the change of use or demolition of those pubs that communities have identified as providing the most community benefit.”
He added: “This will mean that in future where a pub is listed as an asset of community value, a planning application will be required for the change of use or demolition of a pub.
“This then provides an opportunity for local people to comment, and enables the local planning authority to determine the application in accordance with its local plan, any neighbourhood plan, and national policy.
“The local planning authority may take the listing into account as a material consideration when determining any planning application.”