Despite recent changes to legislation which protect pubs listed as Assets of Community Value (ACV) by the local community under planning law, there is still more work to be done. 29 pubs are still closing each week, two of which are converted to supermarkets alone.
Pubs currently fall within the A4 planning use class which means that without ACV status, they can be converted to any of the use classes, or even demolished, without planning permission or any community consultation. These other uses include:
- A1: Shops which include retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel and ticket agencies, Post Offices, pet shops, sandwich bars, showrooms, domestic hire shops, dry cleaners, funeral directors and internet cafes.
- A2: Financial and Professional Services such as banks and building societies, professional services, estate agencies, employment agencies and betting offices
- A3: Restaurants and Cafes for the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises (restaurants, snack bars and cafes).
- B1: Business (temporarily for up to two years) which includes offices, R&D of products and processes and light industry appropriate in a residential area.
- Demolition: A developer can also demolish a pub without planning permission.
To support local pubs and communities make sure to list your local pub as an ACV today.
- Pubs support over 1 million UK jobs and inject an average of £80,000 into their local economy each year.
- 29 pubs close every week.
- Research by CAMRA found that 2 pubs are converted to supermarkets every week
- 69% of all adults believe that a well-run community pub is as important to community life as a post office, local shop or community centre.
- 75% of all adults believe that pubs make a valuable contribution to life in Britain.