UKHospitality has today called on the government to adopt an approach to planning that supports and encourages the growth and stability of hospitality venues.
In its submission to the National (England) Planning Policy consultation, UKHospitality made a series of recommendations aimed at boosting hospitality businesses, including:
- Full support for the inclusion of the agent of change principle in the English planning regime, which will safeguard live music venues and nightclubs in particular, and an extension to all other planning jurisdictions in the UK
- Any future planning policy should include a focus area on supporting tourism, building on the (now withdrawn) Good Practice Guide on Planning for Tourism developed by DCLG and the industry
- Increased speed and flexibility in the planning process itself, to allow existing businesses to evolve and expand their sites
UKHospitality has also welcomed the inclusion of business growth and productivity in the planning framework and support for both rural, town centre and high street businesses in the planning system.