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Greens launch plan to protect iconic pubs

14 May 2024

The community would have the right to buy landmark pubs and venues under a Greens’ plan to protect SA’s iconic buildings from destruction.

“A planning system that serves the interests of developers rather than the community has put our iconic pubs and live music venues at risk. In recent years we have lost venues like the Producers and the Tivoli. Unfettered development is ripping the heart and soul out of our city. Sadly, I fear that what we are seeing with the Crown and Anchor is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Greens Planning Spokesperson, Robert Simms MLC.

“This Greens’ plan would give the community the right to buy these iconic pubs, maintaining their role in our cultural and community life. We know that these buildings are about much more than bricks and mortar, they are spaces for creativity and connection.”

“Our proposal is based on a model that has been operating in the UK for some time. This is a commonsense approach that has been embraced by all sides of politics in that jurisdiction. I hope that the Government will give it serious consideration.”

Under the plan, local Councils, community organisations and charities would be able to nominate land or buildings that are of community value for inclusion on a register to be managed by the Minister for Planning. The owner would not be able to change the use of the site or sell without approval of the Minister. In instances where the owner is seeking to sell, the community is given the first right to submit an expression of interest as a prospective buyer.

A 12-month moratorium would be placed on any sale to give the community the opportunity to raise the funds necessary to purchase the land or building. The owner would be required to accept any community offer made at market value.

The rules would not apply in instance where the owner is simply selling a business as a ‘going concern’ (for instance, an owner selling a pub to a buyer who will continue to operate it as a pub).

Mr Simms plans to get a bill drafted to enable the scheme and present this to Parliament for consideration.