British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) is pushing for changes to the Community Right to Buy proposals, which it believes in their current form could harm the sale of viable pubs. The proposals are part of the government’s Localism Bill, which is set to reach the House of Lords next week. The BBPA is urging peers to support a push for a government rethink on the details of the scheme, as a growing list of organisations and campaigners have expressed concerns or outright opposition to the proposals. The association said that though it supports community right to buy if the circumstances are right, it wants new safeguards in the Bill to ensure that “normal, business-to business sales of pubs are not disrupted by the scheme”. It also wants changes to ensure that the community right to buy mechanism would only be triggered in four specific circumstances: when a pub is put up for sale and is at risk of closure; is already closed; is subject to an application for change of use: or is subject to a demolition order. Martin Rawlings, BBPA director of Pub & Leisure, said: “We want to see as many pubs stay open as possible and community right to buy definitely has a role to play in keeping community pubs open. But many pubs are successfully bought and sold every day, and thrive under their new ownership. “The changes we would like to see would allow transfers of ownership to continue without being help up in costly delays, but retain the benefits and safeguards of the community right to buy proposals, should they be needed. These are common sense changes that deserve support.”