Unbelievably a bank can be turned into a betting shop or pawnbroker without planning permission or community say so. And the government is looking at making this kind of development even easier.
Living Streets, the national charity that stands up for pedestrians, believes everybody should have a say when buildings get turned into something new. We want your help keep essential shops and services within walking distance.
Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities, is now reviewing the planning rules for when buildings change their use. Without immediate public support the shops and services that you walk to in your neighbourhood may be at risk.
Please take a few moments to join other Living Streets supporters and support our campaign. Don't let your high streets get taken over by cheque-cashing shops, fast-food takeaways and betting shops.
Find out more on our website: http://tinyurl.com/2vd7pq