Change of use of drinking establishments

Part of Neighbourhood Planning Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans 2:00 pm, 28th March 2017

St Albans has lost 157,000 square feet of office space recently, a lot of that because demand in St Albans is so high. Does the Minister share my concern that this may provide a perverse incentive not to deliver on housing? If the area does not mind losing office space—I am not saying that this is the case—it seems a quick and easy win to allow offices to shrivel on the vine. I am very concerned to ensure that that does not happen in St Albans.