Property & Planning / 27 March 2017

Planning and pubs – welcome from BBPA as new proposals moved through the Commons today

Commenting on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill’s progress through Parliament today, Brigid Simmonds Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“I am very pleased that the Government has listened to our concerns and brought forward a new proposal for pubs today, in the House of Commons.

“We had been very concerned that food-led pubs would have been disadvantaged by the House of Lords’ original amendment. But today’s vote, on an alternative proposal from the Government, means that pubs will remain in the A4 use-class, rather than being placed in a class of their own. This will ensure they have a specific right to extend the restaurant use of the pub, without requiring planning permission.

“I hope local authorities will also note that the new legislation should also remove any incentive for them to pursue Article 4 directions and for ACV ‘mass listings’. This would also be a very positive step for our members.”

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