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Lewisham Council to adopt “gold standard” pub protections

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Lewisham Council to adopt “gold standard” pub protections 8th March 2019

Lewisham councillors are considering adopting a “golden
standard” of pub protection policy which could be the strongest in the UK.


The council’s sustainable development select committee
has been looking into pub protection locally, with the number of pubs declining


In the plan, pubs are protected from development where
they have a social, cultural, economic or heritage value – but this clause was
often overlooked at planning meetings.


By adopting the recommendations into the local plan, it
would ensure planning decisions take them into account.


Cllr Liam Curran said if adopted by the council, the
recommendations would be the “strongest pub protection rules in London if not
the rest of the UK.”


It would see automatic protection from redevelopment for
all pubs built in the 20th century and before, and ensure any new development
does not interfere with the pub, including through noise restrictions.


Cllr Patrick Codd said the recommendations would also
help ensure developers stick to their obligations when building near pubs.


“When developments arrive, we will be assured at planning
meeting that things are happening, and then sure enough a year later it hasn’t
been done thoroughly and the pub or music venue will still be in trouble
because there will be a whole load of new residents who are getting noise at
night and can’t sleep,” he said.


“That is why we need to spell it out as much as we can.”


Source: News Shopper

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