A new government proposal will save pubs from being turned into flats or demolished without planning permission. Hold those last orders

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Pubs in England listed as important to the community will be protected under new government proposals

If the idea of a Friday night without a G&T at your local is too much to bear, or if the landlord knows more about you than your friends do, then we’ve got some good news.

 

Pubs in England that are listed as important by communities are to be protected under proposed legislation.

 

What does this mean? Well, your local can’t be snaffled up by a developer and turned into luxury flats. Yay.

 

Kris Hopkins, the communities minister, said that more than 600 pubs have already been nominated as ACVs (assets of community value), and if the new proposals become law the local community will be entitled to bid for the pub if it's put up for sale. It would also mean that planning permission will be needed to demolish the building or change its use.

 

Hopkins said in a written statement that the government “plan to bring forward secondary legislation at the earliest opportunity so that in England the listing of a pub as an asset of community value will trigger a removal of the national permitted development rights for the change of use or demolition of those pubs that communities have identified as providing the most community benefit.”

 

And with 29 pubs calling time every week in the UK, according to the Campaign for Real Ale, this calls for a toast. Cheers.

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