A potential barrier that could hold up sales of pubs from operator to operator has been removed, claims the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). It comes in an amendment to the Localism Bill, which was approved in the House of Lords last night, around the issue of community right to buy. Previously, right-to-buy rules would mean communities must be consulted and given the option of tabling bids for pubs that are being sold from one operator to another, even if they were intended to remain as pubs. The amendment gives an exemption for premises that are being sold as a “going conern”. Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “This is a breakthrough which shows that the Government has listened to our concerns. We have been pressing for months for changes that would allow legitimate, business-to-business sales of pubs to go ahead, keeping them outside the scope of the community-right-to-buy system. “This change removes the potential for huge uncertainty and delays under the original plans. This would have cost the pub trade millions of pounds, with no benefit to the local community. It’s a good result.” The BBPA said it believed that if the plan was to sell the lease of the pub for use as anything other than a pub, the community right to buy process would be triggered.