At present Pubs enjoy significant protection in the Planning System. The government plans to remove this for some pubs. It is proposing to use "High Street Rental Auctions" to bring disused commercial properties – including pubs – back into use, by letting Councils auction off a lease for between 1-5 years.

These leases would allow pubs to be converted to other uses, divided up into multiple units, or gutted of their bars, cellars or other integral features. Concerningly, there would be no obligation to reinstate the pubs fittings at the end of the lease – in fact developers would be able to apply to make the conversion permanent.

This would be a significant loss of protection for urban pubs, and CAMRA is calling for the Government to think again on these plans.

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