Maghull – It’s first Micro-Pub – Planning Permission Deferred

Another Maghull issue on the agenda of Sefton Council’s Planning Committee last night was with regard to the provision, or not, of Maghull’s first micro-pub on Liverpool Road South at the Woodend Shops. In fact it will be within the present Coffee Shop should it eventually get planning approval.

There was a resident’s petition raising concerns about the application and Jenny Wignall spoke to it on behalf of the petitioners. Like June Avery before her (regarding the Turnbridge Road site) she spoke really well despite being quite nervous about doing so.

Jenny Wignall address Planning Committee in Bootle Town Hall

After she spoke a representative of the applicant responded to the concerns Jenny had raised but things started to get very complicated regarding issues of detail about the application as opening times were unclear or had possibly changed/been incorrectly recorded.

I had to leave the meeting at this point so picked up on the outcome of the debate later on.

It seems, according to what I have been told, that the debate about opening times was not clarifying things to the satisfaction of the Planning Committee and it led to the matter being deferred so that the disputed/unclear aspects of the application could be resolved between the applicant and planning officers of the Council.

I also understand that the respondent for the applicant was from CAMRA – The Campaign for Real Ale. If I have anything wrong here please shout as I am more than happy to correct any misunderstandings.

Bootle, Lydiate, all over South Sefton and beyond – Why Pubs are closing at an alarming rate – CAMRA

Campaigners outside the Priory Pub in Litherland trying to save it a while back.

Campaigners outside the Priory Pub in Litherland trying to save it a while back.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/cheap-supermarket-beer-planning-loophole-12080538

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Well this is an issue I have posted about quite a lot in recent times, most recently with regard to the demise of the Weld Blundell Pub in Lydiate – see photo and link to previous postings on this subject below:-

The Weld Blundell in happier times - 2008

The Weld Blundell in happier times – 2008

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/03/31/weld-blundell-pub-bites-the-dust-in-lydiate/

I think CAMRA’s comments are spot on in the Echo article – Tony Morgan, from the Liverpool branch of real ale society CAMRA, told the ECHO that the sale of cheap beer in supermarkets and a loop hole in planning law had contributed to the closure of so many pubs across south Sefton.

We will continue to lose pubs at a rate of knots if planning rules are not updated to afford some kind of protection for pubs. Pubco’s, who own many licensed premises, are in my view property development companies. Once the land becomes more valuable in a different use they will pursue that alternative. One day there will be few pubs left because as a society we have sat back and watched their demise whilst wringing our hands saying ‘oh that’s sad another local pub has gone’.

British pubs dying out and its no different in Sefton Borough

Residential developers are targeting pubs to convert into homes, as many struggle to make ends meet. The Guardian newspaper cites figures from the Campaign for Real Ale, which show that 29 UK pubs a week are shutting down, double 2011’s rate. Around a third of the 1,722 pubs which shut last year were in London and the South East – highlighting the sheer demand for homes within the region.

Former Cabbage Inn - closed

Former Cabbage Inn – closed

This is a subject I have been following at a local level for some time now and yes our pubs are in crisis in Sefton Borough just like other places. Here’s a links to my previous postings on this subject:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/07/18/saving-pubs-at-risk-of-closure/

One thing that is rarely mentioned is that often these struggling and closing pubs are of real architectural merit and are landmarks in their community. Better that they find a new sustainable use than that they are demolished to be replaced with nondescript modern buildings.

STOP PRESS

Just as I was about to publish this posting I picked up on this:-

Pubs offered lifeline

Pubs considered important by local communities will no longer be converted by developers without planning permission under new legislation proposed by the government who say that over 600 pubs have been nominated as assets of community value so far. If memory serves the closed Priory Pub in Litherland is one of the 600.

The Daily Telegraph and Guardian covered this recently.

With thanks to the LGiU for some of the information in this posting.