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We call on the elected councillors and officers of the City of York Council to urgently incorporate city wide pub protection measures into planning policy, and to enshrine them within the forthcoming Local Plan.

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York residents who recognise the unique and vital social and economic role played by our local community pubs are dismayed by the ever growing threat to public houses serving residents within the boundaries of the unitary authority. We believe that City of York Council urgently needs to develop a coordinated response to protect these important social amenities for current and future generations.

York has already lost numerous community pubs through conversions to retail or residential use, very often in the face of opposition from the local community.

York pubs are currently facing a renewed assault by remote interests looking to exploit the General Permitted Development Order 1995 whereby pubs can quite legally be converted to alternative uses such as supermarkets, betting shops, pawnbrokers, pay-day loan shops and fast food outlets, or even be demolished, without any requirement for a planning application, and therefore, of course, without any consultation with the local community.

For the sake of local community cohesion and for the benefit of future generations this "asset-conversion" of our precious pubs simply cannot be allowed to continue unchecked.

City of York Council has the power to implement pub protection measures, whereby any proposed change of use involving the loss of a pub would require a planning application. This would allow the views of the local community to be heard and give them the opportunity to make a considered decision on what they consider best for their own area.

This petition calls for the City of York Council to make urgent use of its statutory powers in order to develop and implement an emergency pub protection policy, which after wider consultation with York residents and local interest groups can then be enshrined within the overall York Local Plan.



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