Change of use of drinking establishments

Part of Neighbourhood Planning Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:15 pm on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour/Co-operative, West Bromwich West 2:15 pm, 28th March 2017

While we commend local authorities for taking the trouble to exercise the procedure that my hon. Friend has outlined, it was difficult for a number of authorities in other parts of the country that did not have the necessary capacity or the ability to meet the potential costs that would have enabled them to build up the case for doing so. This measure will be enormously helpful in ensuring that local authorities need not embark on that potentially expensive route.