The ALMR has welcomed the Government’s decision to consult on streamlining the planning system and in particular to explore amending the use class categories for pubs.
ALMR Strategic Affairs Director, Kate Nicholls said:
“The ALMR has lobbied the Government extensively and vigorously on the issue of Use Classes Orders over past year and welcome this timely consultation.
“The current Use Classes Orders are hampering hospitality investment, particularly in town centres and high streets.
“They do not allow for a hybrid type of outlet which is principally food led but also serves alcohol separately, or the fact that many pubs and bars now want and need to widen their appeal to local communities by varying their offer.
“We would like to see a return to a single A3 class for licensed hospitality to reflect how premises serve different needs from different audiences at different times of the day and evening
“We look forward to making our case for reform to enable pubs, clubs and restaurants to invest and thereby benefit local economies and communities across the country.”