Infrastructure Bill — New Clause 16 — Pubs and Bars — Demolition and Change of Use — 26 Jan 2015 at 19:30

Zac Goldsmith MP, Richmond Park voted to prevent pubs, bars and other "drinking establishments" becoming restaurants, cafes, shops or temporary business premises without planning permission; and to completely ban demolishing drinking establishments.

The majority of MPs voted to continue to allow pubs, bars and other "drinking establishments" to become restaurants, cafes, shops or temporary business premises without planning permission; and against an outright ban on demolishing drinking establishments.

MPs were considering the Infrastructure Bill[1].

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was:

The effect of this amendment would have been to prevent the demolition of buildings classed as drinking establishments and to make planning permission required for a change of use from a drinking establishment to a restaurant, cafe or shop (or to business use for up to two years).[2][3]

Pubs, and other drinking establishments would have been taken outside the planning "class" system which permits certain restricted changes of use without additional permissions.

A plain English explanation of the intended effect of the clause was provided which stated:

  • The purpose of this New Clause is to aim to ensure that any proposed demolition of or change of use to public houses and other drinking establishments would be subject to planning permission. Currently such buildings can be demolished or have their use changed without such permission being granted.

This explanation did not make clear the permitted changes of use at the time of the vote were already limited.[2][3]

Debate in Parliament | Source |

Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Alliance0 10100.0%
Con265 (+1 tell) 14 (+1 tell)193.1%
DUP0 1012.5%
Green0 10100.0%
Lab0 206 (+1 tell)080.2%
LDem26 (+1 tell) 15075.0%
PC0 2066.7%
SDLP0 2066.7%
UKIP0 20100.0%
Total:291 244185.0%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Stephen BarclayNorth East CambridgeshireConaye
John BaronBasildon and BillericayCon (front bench)aye
Brian BinleyNorthampton SouthCon (front bench)tellaye
Bob BlackmanHarrow EastCon (front bench)aye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)aye
Neil CarmichaelStroudCon (front bench)aye
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyCon (front bench)aye
Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkCon (front bench)aye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)aye
Charlotte LeslieBristol North WestCon (front bench)aye
Jason McCartneyColne ValleyCon (front bench)aye
Nigel MillsAmber ValleyCon (front bench)aye
James MorrisHalesowen and Rowley RegisConaye
David NuttallBury NorthCon (front bench)aye
Chris WhiteWarwick and LeamingtonCon (front bench)aye
Stewart JacksonPeterboroughCon (front bench)both
Norman BakerLewesLDemaye
Paul BurstowSutton and CheamLDemaye
Tim FarronWestmorland and LonsdaleLDemaye
Duncan HamesChippenhamLDem (front bench)aye
Nick HarveyNorth DevonLDem (front bench)aye
Martin HorwoodCheltenhamLDemaye
Mark HunterCheadleLDem (front bench)aye
Julian HuppertCambridgeLDem (front bench)aye
John LeechManchester, WithingtonLDem (front bench)aye
Stephen LloydEastbourneLDemaye
Greg MulhollandLeeds North WestLDem (front bench)aye
Ian SwalesRedcarLDemaye
Mike ThorntonEastleighLDem (front bench)aye
Mark WilliamsCeredigionLDem (front bench)aye
Roger WilliamsBrecon and RadnorshireLDem (front bench)aye

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