Development affecting public houses supplementary planning document (SPD)

We have adopted new guidance to assist with how we determine planning applications relating to public houses.

The recognition of public houses as a community facility in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) means that any policies in the Rushmoor Plan referring to community facilities should also cover the public house use.

Policy CP10 (Infrastructure Provision) of the Core Strategy relates to community facilities and includes the following wording:

"CP10 - Infrastructure Provision

Development will be permitted provided that the following criteria are met:

f. There is no loss or reduction in capacity of existing infrastructure, including community  facilities. These will be protected unless:

1.       It can be proven that there is no longer term need for the facility, either for its original purpose or for another facility that meets the need of the community; or

2.       It is to be re-provided elsewhere to the satisfaction of the Council."

It was considered necessary to provide further guidance about criteria (f)(1) and (f)(2) when looking at the loss of public houses to other uses that are not covered by permitted development rights. In considering criterion (f)(1), this supplementary planning document (SPD) sets out a standard, consistent approach to demonstrating that there is no longer-term need for the facility. In considering criterion (f)(2), this SPD seeks to establish the existing provision of public houses across Rushmoor in respect of their accessibility to local residents.

Incorporating your views into the 'development affecting public houses' SPD

We carried out a public consultation on a draft version of the document for six weeks between February and March 2015. We received 12 responses from individuals and organisations about the draft SPD. The comments made are set out in Appendix 7 of the pdf icon consultation statement [1Mb].

Strategic environmental assessment

The council, in consultation with the Environment Agency, English Heritage and Natural England, decided that under Regulation 9 of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004, a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) was not needed for the 'development affecting public houses' SPD.  It was also agreed that a habitats regulations assessment (HRA) was not required.

For details, see the pdf icon Strategic environmental assessment/habitats regulations assessment screening determination [377kb] document.

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