Valued pubs to be protected

Changes to the planning system should stop valued community pubs from being demolished or converted into different uses against the will of local people. These safeguards will apply to pubs which have been listed as Assets of Community Value.

Ministers have announced proposals to change the planning regime and provide greater protection for some pubs. This move is intended to stop valued community pubs from being demolished or converted into different uses against the will of local people.

The additional safeguards will apply to pubs which have been formally listed as Assets of Community Value – of which there are now more than 600. Permitted development rights for those pubs will be removed.

Under the proposals a planning application will be required for the change of use or demolition of a pub where a pub is listed as an asset of community value. The local planning authority may take the listing into account as a material consideration when determining any planning application.

Read the news story from the Department for Communities and Local Government.