MQT on 2011-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2011
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The local pub in London, as elsewhere in the country - CAMRA estimate that 29 pubs a month are closing down - is finding itself increasingly in danger of being acquired, closed and redeveloped into residential accommodation by property developers. Will you consider using your planning powers as Mayor to provide protection for these important local social amenities in the London Plan?


Answer for Pubs

Answer for Pubs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's pubs are still a vital part of many local communities. My draft replacement London Plan sets out a positive approach to planning for necessary local facilities including pubs. The protection of individual pubs however is properly a matter for boroughs. In their local development frameworks boroughs can draw on the strategic support of the London Plan to offer specific protection for local pubs to meet identified needs.

The Localism Bill, currently before Parliament, includes provisions relating to 'assets of community value'. This might prove useful in protecting public houses.