Protection of public houses

Our guidance on the protection of public houses sets out how to justify proposals for change of use, conversion or redevelopment of pub sites. It covers all current or former public houses on the safeguarded list of public house sites.

The guidance lists the criteria that should be used in the assessment of proposals. The property must have been marketed as a public house free of tie and restrictive covenant for 12 months, and it must be proven that:

  • diversification options have been explored
  • it would not be economically viable to retain the property for its existing use
  • the local community no longer needs the public house

Development of the guidance

The Cambridge Public House Study was commissioned to provide a detailed evidence base in order to produce the guidance for public consultation.

Public consultation was carried out between 15 June and 27 July 2012.

The representations received from the public were analysed and used to help guide the development of the guidance. The council's responses to the representations can be accessed by searching our online consultation database.

We adopted the guidance as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications at the Environment Scrutiny Committee on 9 October 2012.

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