MP backs plans to safeguard the future of pubs that are a community asset

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Proposals to safeguard pubs from development have been backed by North East Beds MP Alistair Burt.

He met with government ministers Brandon Lewis and Kris Hopkins to add his weight to the case for better protection for valued locals in the planning process.

As a result of calls by a number of MPs, the government is set to change the rules regarding planning permission for pubs that are designated as ‘assets of community value’.

Mr Burt said: “The new proposal will mean that where residents have secured the designation of a pub as an ‘asset of community value’, a pub cannot be changed into something else or demolished without going through the planning process.

“This would give the public a chance to be involved and object. The designation may also assist the council in how to response to any proposed change of use.

“The government agreed this change after coming under pressure from MPs who recognise

that the loss of pubs is a serious matter.

“I am willing to support any process to designate a pub as a community asset within the

constituency, and would be pleased to hear of any such proposal.”