Councillors say they are trying to put tighter planning controls in place to try to stem the tide. But how many times does it have to be said that all the planning rules in the world won’t keep pubs open if the underlying demand has melted away?
Yes, some pubs may well be worth more turned into housing. But that never happened to anything like the same extent before.
Perhaps my frequent locally-based commenter can shed some light on the situation.