Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Cambridge MP Huppert’s Bill Takes Pubs And Shops Fight To Parliament

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert

MP Julian Huppert will take the fight to protect Cambridge’s pubs and independent shops to Parliament.

He will raise the issue in a so-called 10 Minute Rule Bill after the idea was suggested by a number of city residents.

Julian will ask to bring a Bill which would prevent the demolition or change of use of a pub or local independent shop without planning permission. Planning permission would also be needed before the premises or land could be used for a supermarket.

The idea came after Julian was selected in a ballot to present a Private Member’s Bill to Parliament on July 10 and he asked Cambridge residents to come up with ideas.

Julian said: “We had a very good response and people suggested some very strong local and national issues. I decided that the Bill should highlight the threat to our local pubs and shops which we are fighting constantly to protect. This affects Cambridge, but also many towns and cities across the country.

“The Bill also follows on from our Cambridge Amendment which we took to the House of Lords last year calling on the government to change the law in this area under its planning reforms.

“We have lost numerous pubs and many independent shops and this not only puts Cambridge’s economy at risk but also threatens to damage communities and change the face of the city. It is crucial that we do everything in our power to safeguard them.”

The 10-minute rule Bill will be debate on Tuesday, July 10 when Julian will give a 10 minute speech. Another MP can speak against the proposal, and then there can be a vote. If successful, there would be a second reading debate on a future date.

The full wording of Julian’s 10 Minute Rule Bill motion is as follows:

Local Services (Planning)

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable local planning authorities to require the granting of planning permission prior to the demolition or change of use of premises or land used or formerly used as a public house or local independent shop; and to enable local planning authorities to require the granting of planning permission if premises or land will be used for a supermarket; and for connected purposes.