Parliamentary motion launched against BBPA judicial review of Cambridge planning policy

By Michelle Perrett

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Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, Greg Mulholland, has co-signed an EDM tabled condemning the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) for its decision to pursue a judicial review against Cambridge City Council’s supplementary planning policy for pubs

The EDM has been launched by by Save the Pub Group member and Member of Parliament for Cambridge Julian Huppert. 

The BBPA have announced that they will pursue judicial review of Cambridge City Council’s supplementary planning policy, which was introduced by the Council  to give pubs greater protection in planning law.

Julian Huppert MP said: “The decision by the BBPA to pursue this action shows that they no longer have the interests of pub goers and local publicans at heart.

“Cambridge City Council is working hard to protect local pubs, especially those which have proved themselves to be popular and profitable. Their reforms would go some way to ending the awful practice of BBPA members and others selling viable, wanted pubs for non pub use to turn a quick profit.

“I am already seeking to change the law, through my Private Member’s Bill, to fix this problem. In the meantime, I hope BBPA stop their action against Cambridge City Council, and start to work with local communities to support viable pubs.”

Mulholland added:  “The decision by the BBPA to pursue a judicial review into Cambridge City Council’s groundbreaking pubs protection policy is both extraordinary but also disgraceful.

“The democratically elected Council have done exactly what Ministers envisaged in the Localism Bill, which is to build on the National Planning Policy Framework and introduce local policies to suit local needs, in this case to give greater protection to pubs and to give local communities a say over their future."

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