Ministers have announced they will commit to removing permitted development rights for pubs listed as Assets of Community Value, giving greater protection against the pub being demolished or converted into a different use against the will of local people.

Mike Perry, Head of Policy and Development at Plunkett Foundation, said: “The Plunkett Foundation welcomes today’s announcement by ministers that commits to removing permitted development rights for pubs listed as Assets of Community Value. Once introduced, this will be an important new power at the disposal of communities and takes another step towards helping communities to be better able to save their local pub.

“We would, however, like to see permitted development rights be removed for all assets listed as Assets of Community Value, in particular shops, which play such a key role in rural areas. We would also like to see permitted development rights be removed for all pubs, listed or not, to help stem the tide of pub closures and better help communities to save pubs in England.”

Read the full announcement here - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coalition-ministers-change-the-law-to-protect-the-great-british-pub