Closure of Local Pubs

MQT on 2007-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2007
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given your commitment to the protection of local shops and businesses in the proposed amendments to the London Plan, do you agree that public houses should be afforded similar protection? The local pub can often be a hub for local communities yet many local hostelries have disappeared recently. While no-one would argue that problem venues should not be dealt with and closed, for some communities the loss of the local pub can leave a large gap and mean the loss of a valuable entertainment venue for an area.


Answer for Closure of Local Pubs

Answer for Closure of Local Pubs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The existence of a local pub can often be an important focus and entertainment venue for local communities and I am aware that a number of such facilities have disappeared. The London Plan is a broad strategic document and as you note seeks to provide generic protection for essential local shops and businesses. It is not appropriate to specify the detail of these - that is properly a matter for boroughs. Providing the case was properly made local development documents could draw on this strategic policy to offer specific protection for essential local pubs in the light of local circumstances (subject of course to the ability to move to similar uses under the Use Classes Order).