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New Pub Closure Statistics Revealed

 

Press Release
For Immediate Release

New Pub Closure Statistics Revealed

 

CAMRA launch initiative to protect 3,000 pubs as new figures show 29 being lost every week across the UK

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is launching a new initiative to protect 3,000 pubs from demolition or conversion to other uses - as new statistics released today show 29 pubs a week are being lost across the UK.

CAMRA will be mobilising its members in England to nominate their local pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and offer advice and guidance to other community groups looking to do the same. Currently pubs can be demolished or converted to other uses without planning permission, whereas pubs with ACV status are given planning protection under laws introduced in April.

With 800 pubs currently nominated, the initiative aims to raise the profile of ACVs to the pub-going public and increase the number with the status to 3,000 by the end of 2016 – an ambitious target, but one which CAMRA say is essential if England's pubs are to be properly protected.

 "Holes in the current planning system allow pubs to be sold off, demolished or converted to many other uses without planning permission or the involvement of the local community. However when a pub is nominated as an Asset of Community Value it automatically receives planning protection meaning it is no longer a soft target to would-be developers looking to quickly purchase and convert  or demolish the pub – which in some instances has literally happened overnight.*" Tom Stainer, CAMRA's Head of Communications.

CAMRA is inviting other local community groups to work with it in gaining this vital protection and urges community groups, or individuals, to get in touch with their local CAMRA branch to highlight valued pubs.

"Nominating a pub as an ACV is a surprisingly simple process. You can either nominate as an unincorporated group of 21 local people, as a Parish Council, or in connection with another local group including a CAMRA Branch. Some towns, such as Otley in West Yorkshire, have gone as far as nominating every pub in their area for ACV status to ensure all are protected in coming years."  Tom Stainer added.

Despite the protection afforded to pubs through the ACV system CAMRA say this doesn't go far enough to curb the closure of pubs in the UK and that the next logical step is to extend the same protection to all pubs across England.

For more information about your local branch, visit www.camra.org.uk/camra-near-you  

For more information about the ACV campaign, please visit www.camra.org.uk/list-your-local

 

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Regional pub closure statistics and further information contact the CAMRA Press Office on 01727 798443 or email press@camra.org.uk

 

Notes to Editors

*Cartlon Tavern Dermolished without planning permission (the council has no ordered the developer to rebuild it ‘brick-by-brick'): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32237331

A second London pub demolished without planning permission: http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Legal/Legislation/Second-London-pub-demolished-without-permission