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My 2019 annual pubs audit confirmed that the number of London pubs remained stable between 2017 and 2018 for the first time since 2001. My draft London Plan gives the strongest ever protection to London’s pubs encouraging boroughs to protect them. The Agent of Change principle requires that new developments near pubs minimise the impact of noise through adequate soundproofing.
My Culture at Risk Office has supported over 350 cultural spaces including pubs since 2016. It helped save community pubs such as The George Tavern in Tower Hamlets and The Bird's Nest in Lewisham. I have partnered with the Campaign for Real Ale to include pubs on my new Cultural Infrastructure Map. This provides improved visibility of pubs across London for planning authorities and Londoners. I have also supported the True Craft Tap House, a Victorian pub in Tottenham through my Opportunity Investment Fund.
I continue to call on the Government to use its powers on planning, taxation and regulation to support pubs.