ePetition - Community Value of Pubs

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Community Value of Pubs

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to - develop planning policies to better protect local public houses based on the principles of the pub protection policies developed by Lewisham Council and Cambridge City Council; - under the Sustainable Communities Act, submit a proposal to Government to "protect community pubs in England by ensuring that planning permission and community consultation are required before community pubs are allowed to be converted to betting shops, supermarkets and pay-day loan stores or other uses, or are allowed to be demolished." - help facilitate community groups to nominate pubs as Assets of Community Value; - write to the Sectratery of State at the Department of Business Innovation & Skils supporting plans to introduce a Statutory Code to ensure tied pubslicans are treated fairly."

Justification
- for many people community public houses are important amenities that support positive interactions between people from different backgrounds and enhance community cohesion;
- the New National Planning Policy Framework makes specific reference to the need to safeguard public houses;
- high residential property values in Brighton & Hove are endangering the future of valued publichouses and that effective local planning rules allow public houses to be demolished or converted into betting shops, pay-day loan stores, supermarket metro stores and other uses without planning permission;
- the Assets of Community Value scheme introduced in the Localism Act 2011 allows local communities to secure a degree of additional protection for local community assets;
- in some cases, excessively high rents and tied product prices contribute to the failure of otherwise profitable pus.

This petition is submitted on behalf of the Brighton & South Downs branch of CAMRA. CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights. In the present day, CAMRA has 161,672 members and has been described as the most successful consumer campaign in Europe. The Brighton & South Downs branch has 1,759 members.

The petition will be presented to the Economic Development & Regeneration Committee on the 18th September 2014.

Started by: Adrian Heft (Campaign for Real Ale)

This ePetition ran from 11/07/2014 to 13/11/2014 and has now finished.

46 people signed this ePetition.

 


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