The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) and the British Beer and and Pub Association (BBPA) are among industry organisations to welcome the publication of the new National Planning Policy Framework which calls for Councils to promote the development of local services like pubs.
The new publication, which has cut down the number of pages of policy from over 1,000 to around 50, has been designed to cut the number of planning laws and make it easier for people and communities to carry out local planning. The framework now says planning policies should support economic growth in rural areas in order to create jobs and this can be done by promoting the retention and development of pubs and 'plan positively' for the provision of local pubs.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, which previously called on the Government to stick to its plan to carry out the planning reforms , took to Twitter to welcome the importance of pubs getting recognition.
Mike Benner, Camra chief executive, said: "CAMRA is pleased that policies announced today will help give much needed additional support to valued community facilities such as pubs. This is essential at a time when 16 pubs a week are closing. CAMRA’s research has shown that well-run community pubs are as important to community life as a post office, local shop or community centre so it’s vital they are protected."