Property & Planning / 10 March 2017

Southwark – Concern over blanket ‘Article 4’ directions

Brigid Simmonds comments:

“We certainly want to see as many thriving pubs as possible, but this is not the right approach.

“It is right that there are laws to protect pubs that are of real value, to local people and local communities. This can be done by using the laws that make a pub an asset of community value (ACV).

“However, as each pub’s situation is different, this should be looked at on a case by case basis. We are against Southwark’s blanket approach, as every case should be judged on its own merits.

“In some cases, a pub might not be viable. A measure like this then makes it very difficult to sell and restricts investment, having a huge financial impact. This could be devastating, particularly for independent pub owners, for whom the pub might be their only major asset.

“We would like to see the debate around pub closures focusing on policies that would support pubs, such as lower taxes on beer, and fairer business rates, creating a climate for innovation and investment that ensures our great pubs can attract customers and prosper.”

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