CAMRA hopeful over planning protection for pubs

By Lesley Foottit

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CAMRA: lobbying to save pubs
CAMRA: lobbying to save pubs
The Campaign for Real Ale has vowed to lobby ministers to give councils the option to protect pubs against demolition as part of the Localism Bill.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has vowed to lobby ministers to give councils the option to protect pubs against demolition as part of the Localism Bill.

As it stands, a pub can be demolished without planning permission, and CAMRA wants local councils to be given the power to introduce their own policies on the matter to protect pubs.

"A lot of details in the Bill still need to be sorted out," said head of public affairs Jonathan Mail. "We hope to get the measure of giving councils the option included in the Bill. We will be lobbying to try and make sure that will happen.

"I think it could be part of the Bill — it sets out the framework but not the details.

"We look forward to working with the MPs and officials behind it to iron out the details."

Mail said CAMRA welcomes the Bill and supports many of the ideas in it including the community right to buy plans.

"We can see communities working together with licensees to save pubs," said Mail. "It has substantial potential to save pubs that are under threat of closure and permanent loss."

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