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Mayor of London introduces new plan to protect pubs in London from closure

As part of his Draft of London Plan, Sadiq Khan has announced that his administration will be investing heavily in the preservation of pubs in London, in order to boost London’s social scene.

The Mayor of London announced that his administration will push local authorities to recognize both the economic and cultural values of public houses in London and to protect their existence for local communities.

This initiative is part of the Draft of London Plan, which is the mayor’s overall strategy for development of the capital and will be published this week. The London Plan is part of Khan’s attempt to increase London’s social, economic and cultural capital.

The plan is motivated by the rates of pub closures in London – approximately 81 pubs have been closed every year since 2001. Badly affected boroughs include Croydon, Lewisham and Barking and Dagenham, among many others. 

Khan plans to combat these closures through introducing a new ‘Agent of Change’ principle as part of the plan. This principle has declared that developers who want to build houses near previously-existing businesses are responsible for controlling and mitigating the impact, meaning that developers are now responsible for properly sound-proofing new houses.

This would decrease the number of noise complaints made against public houses and music venues. Boroughs will have to refuse proposals that have not clearly shown how they will manage noise impact.

As well as seeking to protect venues which already exist, Khan is also pushing for boroughs to recognise the importance of pubs as places of social and cultural significance, in addition to announcing his support for proposals to build new pubs.

Khan said,  “From historic watering holes to new pop-up breweries, nothing defines the diverse and historic character of the capital better than the Great British Pub.”

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