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Posted 8 May 2017
by Amy Cater

New protection for pubs

New rules to protect pubs from demolition or their conversion to shops and other retail uses will come into effect later this month.

From 23 May 2017 permitted development rights to change the use of a pub or other drinking establishment (A4 use) to a shop (A1 use), financial or professional services (A2 use) or restaurant/cafe (A3 use) will cease.    The changes to the legislation will be a relief to communities who value their local pub and have feared that it might be converted to a supermarket without them being consulted.

The Order will create a new Class AA entitled “drinking establishments with expanded food provision” which will permit a change of use from drinking establishment (A4) to a mix of drinking establishment and restaurants and cafes (A3).  Permitted development rights will allow a change from Class AA to Class A4 under the Order.

Permitted development rights to demolish pubs will also cease and there will be no rights to demolish drinking establishments with expanded food provision either.

The new rules will enable communities to provide some protection to their pubs without the need to apply for Asset of Community Value status.

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Amy Cater Tozers

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

A partner who specialises in planning and public sector matters