Tuesday, 28 March 2017
In the PUBlic interest
At the moment, pubs (A4 use) can be granted change of use under Permitted Development Rights to A1 (retail), A2 (financial and professional services) and A3 (restaurants and cafes).
As part of Sajid Javid’s backing for a Labour amendment for a change to the bill, he has proposed a new clause which would remove: "any planning permission which is granted by a development order for development consisting of a change in the use of any building or land in England from a use within Class A4 to a use of a kind specified in the order".
This new clause would also remove: “any planning permission which is granted by a development order for a building operation consisting of the demolition of a building in England which is used, or was last used, for a purpose within Class A4 or for a purpose including use within that class”.
So it’s as clear as a cloudy pint on a summer’s day, but it looks like we won’t be calling last orders on the Great British boozer just yet.