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Pubs and the Infrastructure Bill

Dawn Primarolo MP's response to constituents regarding pubs and the Infrastructure Bill:

"Thank you for your email asking me to support New Clause 16 to the Infrastructure Bill regarding protection of community pubs.

I share your concern regarding the rate at which pubs are closing across the country and agree more must be done to support communities in their efforts to protect local pubs and to influence developments in their neighbourhood. This is an issue I have previously raised with Government Ministers.

As Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons I chaired some of the Report Stage debate of The Infrastructure Bill which took place on 26 January.  A transcript of the proceedings is available here.

As you may know, Labour MPs supported New Clause 16 which would have ensured any proposal to demolish or change the use of a pub would require planning permission.  This would have provided a straightforward way for local communities to have a say in what is happening to their local pub and whether or not they support a change being made.  Disappointingly the Government rejected these amendments although Ministers have now said they will bring forward legislation to require planning permission where a pub is listed as an asset of community value.   

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about this matter. 

Yours sincerely

Dawn Primarolo

Labour MP for Bristol South"

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