MPs join calls for pub protection
Cross party group says Levelling Up Department should ensure high street pubs are safeguarded from developers.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs (Pubs APPG) are a cross-party group of MPs who work together to promote and campaign for the interests of pubs, landlords and communities. They’ve asked the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee to look at the implications of new Government proposals for High Street Rental Auctions.
These proposals are designed to regenerate the high street, by letting Councils in England auction off leases for vacant buildings, including pubs. These leases would allow pubs to be converted into shops or offices, divided up into multiple units, or gutted of their bars, cellars and other important fittings, all without developers needing to use the usual planning process.
Consumer rights group the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) – which provides secretariat services to the Pubs APPG – have taken action too, with their National Chairman writing to Levelling Up Minister, Dehenna Davison MP as well as asking their 150,000 members to email their MPs to call for pubs to remain protected.
Commenting, Pubs APPG Chair Charlotte Nichols MP said: “The pub is a beloved feature of so many high streets, and all recent legislation from the Government has recognised their unique status at the heart of communities.
“I believe these proposals are out of line with the kind of support that pubs should be given by policymakers, and I hope the Select Committee will take time to consider the full implications of High Street Rental Auctions.”
Notes to editors:
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) provides secretariat services to the Pubs APPG.
Previous press releases
18/06/21 Cross-party group gives a voice to landlords, pub-goers and communities – available here.
11/05/21 Thousands take part in Inquiry on pubs and the pandemic – available here.
30/04/21 MPs ask publicans and constituents: Tell us what pubs need to survive and thrive post-pandemic – available here.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs is listed on the official parliamentary website for APPGs and can be found here.