I have written to all of Manchester's MPs calling on them to support Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert’s Private Members Bill when it is presented to Parliament next week.
The Bill, if passed, would prevent the demolition or change of use of a pub or local independent shop without planning permission. Planning permission would also be needed before the premises or land could be used for a supermarket. If this bill is successful it would prevent future developments like Tesco's conversion of the former Feather's Pub without Planning Permission.
I’ve asked our local MPs to support this bill as it highlights the threat to our local pubs and shops which we are fighting constantly to protect. It is crucial that we do everything in our power to safeguard them.
The full wording of Julian Huppert’s 10 Minute Rule Bill motion is below and will be presented to Parliament on Tuesday 10thJuly 2012:
Local Services (Planning)
That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enable local planning authorities to require the granting of planning permission prior to the demolition or change of use of premises or land used or formerly used as a public house or local independent shop; and to enable local planning authorities to require the granting of planning permission if premises or land will be used for a supermarket; and for connected purposes.
Please also write to your local MP asking them to support this Bill. If you live in Chorlton your MP is John Leech and you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org .You can find out who your MP is at http://www.writetothem.com/