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Council lobbies to protect pubs

The Pear Tree pub in Hildersham Credit: ITV Anglia

A council in Cambridgeshire says it will lobby the Government for greater protection for pubs - after it emerged that the last pub in Hildersham near Cambridge will be turned into a furniture shop.

South Cambs District Council says the owner of the Pear Tree doesn't need planning permission to change its use - even though last year villagers listed it as an official 'asset of community value'.

MP's campaign to save pubs

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has called on the Government to "tweak" planning laws to protect independent shops and pubs.

The Liberal Democrat MP introduced his own Parliamentary Bill which would give greater powers to councils when deciding on planning issues.

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