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Planning – time to tackle red tape, says BBPA submission


The Government should stick to its guns on planning reform, which could liberate pubs from unnecessary red tape when it comes to minor modifications to premises. The comments come from the British Beer & Pub Association, as it submits evidence on the National Planning Policy Framework.

Under the current planning system, pubs and pub companies are often subject to costly delays when attempting to make often fairly small expansions and alterations to premises, says the BBPA. This hampers business investment and undermines job growth in the beer and pub industry.

While the current planning debate understandably focuses on tackling delays in bringing forward major development projects, other significant red-tape restraints in the system should not be ignored, as they are holding back many small businesses like pubs. Planning reform would help pubs and other small business to become the engine driving Britain’s economic recovery.

Key proposals from the BBPA include:

*A strong ‘yes’ to the presumption in favour of sustainable development.
*A greater focus on tourism development, as a key area which could be included in local plans.
*Less restrictions on ‘change of use’ rules, to prevent unnecessary barriers, particularly in town centres.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“On planning, the Government is right to pursue a reforming agenda. It is a critical component of a growth strategy for Britain. We need a ‘can do’ culture from councils – and this means a presumption in favour of approving improvements or expansions of small and sustainable businesses like breweries or pubs, whilst of course taking on board legitimate development control concerns.”

“Time wasted while local authorities ponder minor changes means lost revenue for these businesses, which have been enduring an ever increasing burden of high taxes and red tape in recent years. For a sector on which almost one million jobs depend, this matters to the whole economy.”

Notes to editors:

The Full BBPA submission is available from the link above.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs.


» Full BBPA Submission


Regulation, Pubs, Property & Planning

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Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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