The new Framework, which has been reduced from over 1,300 pages to a 50-page document, states that local councils have a duty to “plan positively” for key local facilities like pubs – and this will apply to all pubs rather than just rural pubs or those in local centres.
Councils will be obliged to treat leisure development and community facilities as strategic priorities, and safeguard existing community facilities including pubs to enhance the sustainability of communities and residential environments.
It adds that “all local and neighbourhood plans should promote the retention and development of local services and community facilities in villages such as public houses”.
CAMRA chief executive, Mike Benner said: “CAMRA is pleased that policies announced today will help give much needed additional support to valued community facilities such as pubs. This is essential at a time when 16 pubs a week are closing. CAMRA’s research has shown that well-run community pubs are as important to community life as a post office, local shop or community centre so it’s vital they are protected.
“Local communities will be able to refer to the NPPF in relation to local planning matters, which is a step towards providing the tools local communities need to influence development in their neighbourhoods and protect their valued local pubs.”