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  • BBPA welcomes London Night Time Commission report findings, but says pubs are key to success

    31 January 2019

    The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today welcomed the publication of the London Night Time Commission’s report, which has concluded that London’s night-time economy can play a major role in helping to save its struggling high streets. London’s night-time economy employs 1.6 million people and contributes billions to the economy. The Commission has made it clear in its report that even more can be done to build on this success, calling for activity between 6pm and 6am to be placed at the heart of London policymaking. This should include pubs, says the BBPA, which are already a successful and key part of London’s night time offer. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments: “High streets in boroughs across the city are an important part of London’s economy, but many are struggling. We therefore welcome this report by the London Night Time Commission, which recognises the vital role the night-time economy can play in revitalising London’s high streets. “Pubs are a huge part of London’s night-time economy, creating jobs and driving growth on the high street. London has over 3,800 pubs that directly employ over 67,000 people, of which 34% are under the age of 25. This shows that pubs have a vital role to play in growing London’s night-time economy and boosting high streets across the city. As an industry though they face many threats from beer duty to business rates and need support from the very people who say they value the role of the night-time economy. “Key to growing the night-time economy in London is enforcing the Agent of Change principle. This supports pre-existing venues like pubs, ensuring that housing developers have to put in adequate soundproofing for new dwellings located nearby.”

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  • Pubs must be front of mind when it comes to planning reform, says BBPA

    15 January 2019

    The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to the Government’s consultation on planning reform. In its response, the BBPA has said that pubs must be front of mind when it comes to increasing planning flexibility, which will in turn help boost town centres and high streets. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, comments: “The pub is the heart of the community and vital to the high street offer, so it must be front of mind when it comes to planning reform. Changes to the Use Class Orders are key to this, so greater planning flexibility for leisure use is offered to pubs, not just restaurants and other hospitality businesses. Although merging Use Classes A1 (retail), A2 (Professional Services) and A3 (Food & Drink) would allow for more mixed uses, it would leave out pubs, meaning Use Class A4 (pubs) must be given greater flexibility too so pubs can make better use of their space. “The decline of the high street to date and closures to other public spaces has made pubs more precious than ever before. Many community pubs across the UK already house post offices, shops and libraries and there are no reasons why large pub premises should not provide a similar offer in town centres. This requires further discussions to ensure that whilst pubs’ unique planning statuses are retained, they have the opportunity to act as mixed-use venues too. “Town centres and high streets have a vital role to play in the need to build more housing, so the opportunity to extend buildings upwards is sensible. However, it is vitally important that the Agent of Change principle, which puts the onus on developers to protect existing businesses like pubs from noise complaints, is implemented vigorously and clearly identified in new guidance in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (Paragraph 182).”

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