Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert’s Bill To Save Pubs And Shops Gets Second Reading

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert’s Bill giving greater protection to pubs and independent shops receives its second reading in Parliament on Friday (October 26).

The Local Services (Planning) Bill has been drawn up after the idea was suggested by a number of city residents.

If given the go-ahead it would give power to planning authorities across England and Wales to 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 new Act would come into force two months after it were passed and lead to an amendment of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Julian said: “This Bill gives our pubs and independent shops the support they need to survive. Too often we are seeing these sites used for housing or other development. Once they are lost, they are lost forever.

“This changes the face of our city and towns and cities across the country. We need to give more power to local authorities to make the decisions that directly affect their residents; this Bill gives them that power.”

The Bill follows the so-called Cambridge Amendment which the Liberal Democrats took to the House of Lords last year calling on the government to change the law in this area under its planning reforms.

The full text of the Bill is available here (via Google Docs).