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Up and down the country campaigners are fighting to save their local pubs from being lost and converted to housing, supermarkets, betting shops or other uses.
Please get involved in our new campaign: "Pubs Matter: So Why Can't We Have a Say" and help us persuade the Government to close planning loopholes that are threatenning pubs. Pubs can be demolished or converted into certain uses including small supermarkets and betting shops without the need for planning permission. It's time the Government acted to save our pubs.
Ask your Council to act and support closure of national planning loopholes
Despite recent progress (see below) there is still a national campaign to be won. Planning law loopholes are forcing pubs into vulnerable situations.
CAMRA is calling on Councils to support pubs by backing the closure of these national planning loopholes. We want Councils to put forward proposals to Government for reform of the planning system under the Sustainable Communities Act - a law which allows people to demand action from Government to help their community. The Act is the perfect tool to take this campaign forward because Government cannot just say "no" to ideas, they must negotiate and reach agreement with an independent panel. Read the full detail
To help with in local battles to save pubs CAMRA has lobbied Government to ensure national planning policy is introduced which establishes new tools and powers for your Council to use to protect pubs.
CAMRA welcomed the National Planning Policy Framework and the Localism Act 2011 which contains these new tools but now it's time to ensure your Council is using them to help keep your local pub open.
Please lobby your Council to ensure they are protecting pubs by:
- Introducing Local Plans which contain pro-pub policies from the NPPF
- Listing your pub as an Asset of Community Value
CAMRA will continue to lobby Government to change national laws but in the meantime your Council does have some power to remove the loopholes and require the developer to get planning permission in specific circumstances. This power is called an Article 4 Direction.