Lords accept amendments to Neighbourhood Planning Bill

By Liam Coleman contact

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Progress made: concerns had been voiced that the legislation may be abandoned
Progress made: concerns had been voiced that the legislation may be abandoned

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Pub campaigners cheered yesterday as the House of Lords backed amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, meaning it will now receive Royal Assent and become law.

The legislation, which is designed to give pubs more protection from redevelopment, will now become law on 27 April.

Campaigners had previously raised concerns​ that the bill, which gives pubs improved safety against demolition or change of use, could be dropped when parliament was dissolved for the upcoming general election. Although pubs minister Andrew Percy told parliament yesterday​ that the Government “hoped to complete the passage of the legislation before the dissolution of parliament”.

The amendment to the bill will remove permitted development rights from drinking establishments, a similar amendment to changes that had previously been tabled by MP Greg Mulholland and Lord Kennedy of Southwark.

Self-styled pub champion Mulholland expressed his relief on Twitter that the bill would pass, with a picture of him enjoying a celebratory pint alongside Kennedy and fellow MP Charlotte Leslie.

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