CAMRA chief calls for action on tax and planning

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which aside from its beverage promotion activities represents the overall interests of a number of wet-led venues, has spoken publicly about its desire for lower pub taxation.

Its chairman, Colin Valentine, has called out the difference in taxation between pubs and supermarkets, as he believes that this will be one of the major issues faced by smaller venues during 2017.

Speaking to the Morning Advertiser, he said that the current situation “couldn’t be worse news for UK pubs,” and that “larger pubs will be adjusting to steep new rates while smaller pubs will continue to struggle, despite licensees being willing to be more adaptable than ever.”

 

The Government must change planning laws by removing permitted development rights and giving pubs the same protection as other buildings.

 

Valentine also laid into lax planning laws, saying: “Currently, a pub can be turned into a number of different uses overnight without going through the usual planning processes that allow the public to support or object to it,” he said.

“This is because pubs have permitted development rights on them. The Government must change planning laws by removing permitted development rights and giving pubs the same protection as other buildings.”


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