Pubs Matter

31 UK Pubs Closing Every Week

CAMRA campaigns for government to change “planning loophole” that has allowed two pubs a week to be turned into supermarkets Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) released figures that show pub closure rates have risen to 31 a week, with suburban areas being the worst affected – 3% of the nation’s suburban pubs have closed in just six months. CAMRA’s report is part of their new ‘Pubs Matter’ campaign to urge the government to recognise the importance of pubs. The campaign wants to tackle “planning loopholes” to prevent bars being demolished or converted without permission – currently pubs can be converted into supermarkets, estate agents and a range of other uses with no planning permission necessary. An estimated two pubs a week being converted into supermarkets. The research emphasised the impor... »