A study by the Local Government Unit and the Portman Group, which found that 92% of councils believe that the night time economy will play an important role in preventing the decline of the high street, has been welcomed.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said it was important to recognise the role the late night economy and in particular pubs could play ion driving footfall to the high street.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The high street is an important part of any town or city in the UK, but it is struggling. Our experience from previous years makes clear that local leadership, partnerships, events and an understanding of the local market really can make a difference to a high street.

“We are therefore encouraged by the findings of this study by the Local Government Unit and the Portman Group. The findings suggest that the vast majority of councils see the night time economy as playing an important role in preventing the decline of our high streets.

“Pubs are a huge part of the night time economy, creating jobs and driving growth on the high street. As an industry though they face many threats from beer duty to business rates. They need support from the very councils who say they value the role of the night time economy, as well as the Government.

“We have previously welcomed changes to the National Planning Framework to incorporate the Agent of Change principle, which supports pre-existing venues like pubs and ensures that housing developers have to put in adequate soundproofing for new dwellings. Working together with local businesses will ensure that our night-time economy is safe, vibrant and attracts all generations to come together and enjoy their local towns and cities.”