Planning Help & Guidance

This section contains resources offering advice and best practice on pub saving campaigns and the planning system. If you have any questions, please email us on ku.gro.armac.sngiapmacbup@ofni.

Resources for Campaigners

Saving Your Local Pub: This section provides in-depth support and advice on the practicalities of campaigning to save a pub, options available, and how to use the planning system to combat unwanted change.
Saving Your Local Pub in Scotland: Full guidance on how to protect your local pub in Scotland
Public House Viability Test: Use this resource to test the long-term viability of any pub and hopefully prove that it is an asset that could be used in the future.
Pub Success Stories: Some case studies of pubs that have been saved through local campaigning or by new owners.
Dealing with Planning Applications: For more information on dealing with planning applications that are put forward to change the use or demolish a pub.
Planning Appeals: A digest of planning appeal decisions, analysed according to the key issues which can impact on the decision making process.
Comparison of the planning systems across the UK: A comparison of the planning systems in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Start a petition today!: Use the CAMRA Hub Page on 38 Degrees to start a petition to save your pub.

Resources for Local Councils

Pubs and Planning Information for Councils: A summary of key issues arising from pub-related planning applications.
Model Planning Policy: A robust model planning policy developed by CAMRA which we encourage Local Planning Authorities to adopt.
Government briefing on protecting pubs: An LGiU paper on how local councils can protect pubs in England.
Public House Viability Test: Guidance for local authorities, public house owners pub house users and planning inspectors to scrutinise and test the viability of a pub.
Community Right to Bid: Non-statutory advice note for local authorities: Guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government on the Community Right to Bid as part of the Localism Act 2011.
LGiU Report on Public Houses: A report on how councils and communities can save pubs.
Toolkit on Local Plans: A toolkit for local councils on how they can adopt local plans that support pubs.

Resources for CAMRA Branches

Pub Protection and Planning: An overview of the advice and guidance available to use the planning system to protect pubs.
Saving Your Local Pub: Advice on the practicalities of campaigning to save a pub and how to use the planning system to combat unwanted change.
Saving Your Local Pub in Scotland: Full guidance on how to protect your local pub in Scotland
Local Plans: Guidance on Local Plans, what they are and how to influence them.
Public House Viability Test: Use this resource to test the long-term viability of any pub and hopefully prove that it is an asset that could be used in the future.
Planning Applications: Information on how to monitor and comment on current planning applications.
Model Planning Policy: A robust model planning policy developed by CAMRA which we encourage Local Planning Authorities to adopt.
Neighbourhood Plans and Pubs: An advice note on the Neighbourhood Planning system and its potential usefulness in protecting pubs.