East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs calling for changes in the law to help keep our pubs open.
Sir Greg, whose work championing pubs has been recognised by the British Pubs Confederation, has said changes are needed in planning law to stop pub chain owners closing pubs to make a bigger profit from using the land and building for something else.
Sir Greg said: “Pubs offer a valued meeting place, especially in rural areas, where they are often the heart of the local community”.
“Local people overwhelmingly back their pub but as things stand too often decisions by corporate owners are driven by the desire to make a bigger profit”.
Sir Greg added: “Every week in Britain more than twenty pubs close their doors for good. Many of these pubs are well run viable businesses. I believe we should give more support to pubs by requiring planning permission to be obtained before owners can change their use to something else”.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs backing a parliamentary motion urging the Government to introduce regulations making it harder for developers to demolish rural pubs.
Every week more than two pubs across Britain close their doors for good to make way for supermarkets or residential developments. The motion says the Government should introduce regulations requiring planning permission to be obtained for the demolition of any pub.
In backing the parliamentary motion Sir Greg said: “Pubs offer a valued meeting place, especially in rural areas, where they are often the heart of the local community”.
Sir Greg added: “Local people are almost unanimously supportive of their pub but as things stand they are being denied a say in the future of their neighbourhoods. The demolition of pubs is all too often driven by the profits of big supermarket chains, property developers or large pub companies and it is time this changed”.
East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of the sponsors of a cross-party Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to extend rate relief for pubs.
In April 2014 the business rate relief that pubs currently enjoy will come to an end. Sir Greg is campaigning for the Government to extend the relief and conduct a review of pub business rates.
Sir Greg, a long term campaigner for pubs, points out that “80% of pubs are small businesses employing local people and business rates form a large part of their fixed expenses”.
He adds: “Across Britain pubs are still closing at an alarming rate, especially small family owned pubs in rural areas. The Government is to be applauded for cutting the beer tax and red tape for pubs and I now hope they will look at the` matter of business rates”.