Tyneside & Northumberland CAMRA Branch
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Following a successful campaign led by the Campaign for Real Ale, the Government has today announced that it will support a measure to close a planning loophole in England which has allowed pubs to be demolished or converted to a wide range of retail uses without any planning application.
This has not only denied local communities a say in their beloved locals’ futures, but also made pubs a ‘soft target’ for developers, contributing to 21 net pub closures every week.
The Government’s decision will bring a halt to developers exploiting loopholes and will give communities the right to have a say in the future of their pubs. The decision will not prevent the development of pubs, but will require developers to apply for planning permission to convert or demolish a pub, allowing for members of the local community to express their opinions as part of that process.