Development affecting public houses supplementary planning document (SPD)

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

The recognition of public houses as community facilities in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) means that policies in development plan documents, which refer to community facilities, should also cover public house use.

We do not consider public houses to be community facilities in the same way. For the purposes of determining planning applications, the The Rushmoor Local Plan includes a dedicated policy to address better the potential impact of their loss.

Policy LN8 of the The Rushmoor Local Plan states that:

'Development proposals resulting in the loss of a public house will be permitted where it can be demonstrated that there is no longer-term need for the facility.

In order to justify no longer-term need, the applicant will need to provide evidence of effective marketing for A4 use for a period of at least 12 months.  In determining such applications, the Council will have regard to the content of the 'Development Affecting Public Houses' supplementary planning document.'

We adopted the pdf icon Development affecting public houses supplementary planning document (SPD) [675kb] in June 2015 to provide further guidance to the previous Core Strategy policy on infrastructure provision.

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

In consultation with the Environment Agency, English Heritage and Natural England, we 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 supplementary planning document.

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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