The Campaign for Real Ale has called for a change in legislation that would mean that a planning application is always needed before a pub is demolished or converted into another use, a change it believes would help protect the UK’s pubs, which are closing at a rate of 31 a week. “It is utterly perverse that developers are able to demolish or convert a pub into a convenience store, or many other uses, without any requirement to apply for planning permission,” stated CAMRA’s Tom Stainer.
The Guardian has run this story recently.
The campaigning around the now closed Priory Pub in Litherland comes to mind. My previous postings about the campaign are worth referring to:-