CAMRA – Pubs should have own use class


The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is urging the government to do more to stop pubs from being demolished or closed.

Camra is pushing for ministers to put pubs into a special class so that owners must always seek planning permission for a change of use or demolition.

A total of 2,000 pubs have been listed as an asset of community value (ACV), but Camra said local groups had to spend hours in a lengthy and clunky process to save their pubs.

ACVs can be granted on a building with a proven value to a local community, such as a library or post office, but pubs have had the biggest takeup since legislation was introduced last year.


Colin Valentine, the chairman of Camra, said: “It is heartening that so many communities across England have spent so much time going through the process of nominating their pub as an asset of community value … This shows a huge appetite for protecting pubs, which are more than just businesses – they are invaluable landmarks in our communities.

“Unfortunately, the ACV process can be time-consuming, fraught with difficulties and, at the end of the day, is only a temporary measure – listings must be renewed every five years … All we are asking for is a level playing field where a planning application on a pub has to go through the full planning process.”

A Department for Communities spokesman said the government had set up a £3.6m fund and introduced stronger protections to stop pubs being converted or demolished.

“Nominating a pub as an asset of community value gives local people time to make decisions about a pub’s future. Once listed as an asset, a full planning application is then required, providing an opportunity for local people to have a say,” he said.