Pubs (1)

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What protections does the London Plan offer to pubs that face closure? What plans do you have to help local residents, like those in Brent who are currently trying to save a local pub, to protect local pubs?


Answer for Pubs (1)

Answer for Pubs (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Plan provides a general policy (4.8Bc) to support boroughs in protecting facilities which provide locally essential services including pubs (paragraph 4.48). However, the Plan must operate within the parameters of the national Use Classes Order. Under this, pubs fall within the national A4 Use Class, and the Order permits changes from this Class to others including those covering shops, financial and professional services and restaurants/cafes without the need for planning permission, so this constrains the planning system in providing specific protection for them.

In my final Town Centres Supplementary Planning Guidance I will indicate that a community pub may be identified locally as a valued community asset under the Community Right to Bid. This gives communities powers to save valued community assets where they are threatened with closure.