17 August 2016

Council moves to protect local pubs

An article in The Times reports that Wandsworth has become the first council in the country to use the planning system to protect its pubs from redevelopment.

While some pubs had been listed as "assets of community value," giving a 6-month window for communities to attempt to buy them if they went up for sale, this change is much more wide-ranging. One hundred and twenty pubs in the borough cannot now be demolished or changed into estate agents, homes or shops without permission.

Thankfully, pubs in Earlsfield seem to be thriving and it's to be hoped that none of them were in danger of being lost to estate agents. The rest of the high street of course has no such protection...

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