It has been voted for in the House of Lords to amend the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, to result in the removal of permitted development rights relating to the change of use or demolition of pubs in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
An amendment looking to ensure communities have a say over what happens to pubs has been withdrawn following the committee stage for the bill.
There was a tight vote in the House of Lords on 28 February when the session took place, in which the house wanted to clarify whether the government plans to restrict the capacity of local authorities to put into force relevant conditions.
The Government has agreed with the results of research carried out by Historic England and has listed a number of inter-war pubs on the grounds the buildings represent the best surviving examples of a building type “which is stitched into the fabric of English culture”.
The pubs, most listed at Grade II and one upgraded to II*, are local landmarks. Their design was shaped by the “improved pub” movement that followed the First World War.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has allowed on appeal a 550-home, mixed-use development on farmland near four Grade II-listed buildings at Ramsgate Kent, in an area without a demonstrable five year supply of deliverable housing land.
The outline application had been turned down by Thanet District Council.