Tuesday, 28 March 2017

In the PUBlic interest

Soon it will no longer be possible to secure ‘change of use’ for a public house. Communities secretary Sajid Javid has agreed to amend the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to remove permitted development rights from pubs before it is voted on in the House of Commons.

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.

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