Change of use of drinking establishments

Part of Neighbourhood Planning Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:15 pm on 28th March 2017.

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Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Liberal Democrat, Leeds North West 3:15 pm, 28th March 2017

This is a really important point. As the Minister knows, he has had a letter about it from a leading pubs planning consultant. It is about article 4 directions. The concern is that the only way that article 4 will be anything but worthless for the new mixed use category is for the council to come up with an entire new article 4. The Minister says that local planning policies can be updated, but article 4 directions have to go through a certain process, so he will have to take responsibility for drawing up a statutory instrument in which, clearly, the intention is to protect all developments within the category which is now A4 and some A4/A3. They all need to be covered. He will need to look at that.

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