MPs call for more protection for British Pubs
A parliamentary motion calling for the Government to amend planning laws to protect our local pubs continues to gain strong support from MPs across all political parties, with 66 signed up so far.
Under current planning law, pubs can be demolished or converted into many other uses without planning permission. The Motion – EDM 208 – calls for the Government to amend the General Permitted Development Order 1995 to ensure any demolition or change of use involving the loss of a pub requires planning permission.
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Charlotte Leslie, Conservative MP for Bristol North West, who tabled the motion, said: "It is a constant battle to prevent our much-loved pubs from turning into supermarkets, especially if they are owned by major pub companies keen to make a quick buck.
"Some pubs may not be viable, and some areas may want a supermarket instead, but there should be a requirement for planning permission so that a supermarket is a positive choice as a replacement for a pub, rather than the growing tendency for it to become the default when a major pub company wants to dispose of its property."
MPs can join the campaign by signing EDM 208 and writing to Localism & Community Rights Minister Stephen Williams MP urging him to act.