The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has appointed a planner to fill a new post to try to help safeguard the country's pubs.
Planning advisor Matt Brown, who joins from London Borough of Brent where he was a planning officer, told Planning: “Around 28 pubs are closing every week.
“That might not be entirely due to the planning system but gaps within the legislation allow for change to take place unfettered by the need for planning application.
“I will work to ensure local campaign groups have the tools and advice to help save their local. Working closely with councils CAMRA wants pub-protection policies included in local plans.
“We are also campaigning to change national planning legislation to make sure public houses are afforded greater protection.”
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