Planning Consent and Pubs

Feb 6, 2018 | Articles, Assembly Business, Assembly Issues | 0 comments

Plenary 6th February 2018

14:05
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Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

What assessment has the Welsh Government made of planning consent and change of use in relation to pubs in Wales? OAQ51734

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

We do recognise the important contribution that pubs make to communities. We are working with community groups and other representatives, including the Campaign for Real Ale—I declare an interest as a member—on how best to protect premises and facilities and help bring people together. I’ve always said that a community without a pub is collection of houses. Quite often, I’ve seen this happen in my part of the world. We will be consulting on a review of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order in May, with a view to looking at how we can better protect our pubs.

Gareth Bennett AM

Gareth Bennett AM

Party: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

Thanks for that response. Yes, you mentioned on a previous occasion that you were a member of CAMRA, and it’s good that you are involved in the real ale sphere. We are trying to—. We’ve got a cross-party group now. Nick is involved in it as well. Simon Thomas is running it. We’re going to, hopefully, help you to push this forward, because we have been waiting rather a long time for a statement on this. I don’t want to anticipate what your review is going to come up with, but we do have the—well, they do have the—Localism Act 2011 in England now, so that does give some protection to pubs as assets of community value. Might that be the direction that you could be thinking about going down in Wales?

Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones AM

Title: First Minister of Wales Party: Welsh Labour

Thanks for that response. Yes, you mentioned on a previous occasion that you were a member of CAMRA, and it’s good that you are involved in the real ale sphere. We are trying to—. We’ve got a cross-party group now. Nick is involved in it as well. Simon Thomas is running it. We’re going to, hopefully, help you to push this forward, because we have been waiting rather a long time for a statement on this. I don’t want to anticipate what your review is going to come up with, but we do have the—well, they do have the—Localism Act 2011 in England now, so that does give some protection to pubs as assets of community value. Might that be the direction that you could be thinking about going down in Wales?