National Planning Loophole

On Tuesday 29th April 2014, the RBWM Council voted unanimously to pass the following FPAG/CAMRA motion proposed by Cllr George Bathurst:

This council asks that the Government help protect community pubs in England by ensuring that full planning permission and community consultation are required before community pubs are allowed to be converted to betting shops, supermarkets and pay-day loan stores or other uses, or are allowed to be demolished.

The preceding debate included references to the totally ineffectual ACV listings and Article 4 Directions, supposedly created to protect our much-loved pubs from permitted development.

Although it is too late to save the Golden Harp, we truly hope that the Government will change the planning laws to preserve viable pubs, which are both the centre of our communities and part of our national heritage.

Interestingly, the Publicans’ Morning Advertiser reports that: CAMRA votes to stop working with pubcos.

This is a step in the right direction and proof that local democracy can work. We would like to thank everyone who has helped make this happen and supported us in our campaign to save the Harp.