Protection of public houses

Our Interim Planning Policy Guidance (IPPG) on the protection of public houses in Cambridge sets out how applicants should justify their proposals for change of use, conversion or redevelopment of pub sites.

It also lists the criteria that should be used in the assessment of the application for development proposals affecting the loss of a current or former public house on the safeguarded list of public house sites.

The criteria include the public house to be marketed for 12 months as a public house free of tie and restrictive covenant, evidence to support diversification options have been explored and proven that it would not be economically viable to retain the building or site for its existing use and it has been otherwise demonstrated that 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 IPPG 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 IPPG. The council's responses to the representations can be accessed by searching our online consultation database.

The IPPG was adopted as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications by Cambridge City Council at the Environment Scrutiny Committee on 9 October 2012.

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