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Monday, 24 February 2014
Pub Protection Policy
Another Rushmoor Pub bites the dust.
Many people have been calling on Rushmoor to have a Pub Protection Policy. Here is a typical example:
Possible Pub Protection Policy: Development will be permitted provided that
the following criteria are met:
There is no loss or reduction in capacity
of existing infrastructure, including community facilities
These will be protected unless:
1. It can be proven that there is no longer
term need for the facility, either for its original purpose or for another
facility that meets the need of the community; or
2. It is to be re-provided elsewhere to the
satisfaction of the Council
The loss of a Public House will be permitted
(in respect of proposals that fall outside permitted development rights) where
it can be proven that there is no longer term need for the facility. In order
to justify no longer term need, the applicant will need to demonstrate that
they have undertaken the following:
1. Contact information posted in a prominent
location on site, in the form of an advertising board (subject to advertising
consent, if required);
2. Registration of the property with at least
one commercial property agent;
3. Property details / particulars available
to inquirers on request;
4. Property marketed for the appropriate use
or uses as defined by the relevant planning policy for a period of 12 months
5. Property marketed at a reasonable price,
including in relation to use, condition, quality and location of floorspace.
What do you think?
If you think it is useless and can think of a better policy do share it with me.
I have always felt the best pub protection policy was: Clean and friendly pub that attracts lots of people. As a non alcohol drinker, I would add good food.
At the end of the day is it the Council's job to prop up failing pubs with regulation?
As a Tory I am naturally against regulation, but I am open to discuss the pros and cons of such a policy.