Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed the government for blocking plans to protect community pubs.
On Monday night the government narrowly defeated an amendment backed by Austin that would have prevented pubs from being demolished, turned into supermarkets or converted for other uses without full planning permission.
However, the government has conceded to campaigners that pubs listed as being community assets should benefit from this extra protection.
Austin had called for a full debate on the issue and added his name to the amendment to ensure that it came to a vote in the House of Commons.
He has welcomed the government’s move to offer protection to local pubs like the Seven Stars that are listed as Assets of Community Value but is calling for all pubs to enjoy the same safeguards.
Ian Austin said:
“Pubs like the Seven Stars are at the heart of the local community in Dudley. It’s popular and profitable and local people are campaigning to save it.
“I’m disappointed that the government refused to listen to local campaigners who agree with me that developers shouldn’t be able to convert or demolish pubs against the wishes of local people.
“I’ll keep working to support Black Country brewers like Holdens and Fownes and brilliant local pubs like the Courthouse, the Fountain and the Jolly Crispin.”