Pub conversions have been called into question by Lord Marlesford who wants more input from local residents with regards to their fate.
Lord Marlesford, conservative peer, former county councillor and chairman of Marlesford Parish council, has called for changes over pub conversions.
Lord Marlesford said: “There are two reasons why pubs close. The main one is that there is not the business to keep them going. The other is that people buy pubs in order to convert them to houses. I know cases in Suffolk where that has happened.”
While Lord Marlesford agrees that pubs should close if there is no business, he has called for an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill so that the local community can have a say in how the building should be used.
Conservative peer and former deputy Commons speaker, Lord Framlingham, said: “Pubs are a uniquely British institution. We are losing them too fast and anything we can do to hang on to those that we have got, we ought to do.”