Proposals to tighten up planning regulations regarding pubs have been rejected in parliament.

Some 245 MPs voted in favour of a clause in the Infrastructure Bill stating planning consent should be required before a pub can be demolished or turned into a home or shop.

However, 293 MPs voted against the plan, much to the delight of the British Beer & Pub Association.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the body, said the proposed measure would represent an "additional burden" on the industry.

She also expressed concerns about the government's plans to tighten planning rules concerning pubs that are listed as assets of community value.

Ms Simmonds insisted that "adequate safeguards" are already in place through the community right to bid legislation, as it stops pubs being converted to other uses against the wish of local people and gives them the chance to purchase the premises.

She warned that the consequence of tightening the rules could be pubs that are no longer viable being boarded up while they are awaiting planning permission.

This, she said, is beneficial to no one, as it could attract squatting, turn a building into a blight on the local neighbourhood and reduce the value of the property to its owners.

However, chair of the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group Greg Mulholland said communities are likely to be "dismayed and astonished at the fact that a majority of MPs voted against local people having any say when their local pub is facing conversion or demolition".

He warned that the outcome of the vote means the vast majority pubs will remain "vulnerable to predatory takeover without any right to object".

Mr Mulholland added that the Save the Pub Group will continue lobbying for "the simple, commonsensical change" of giving pubs the same status as other amenities, such as theatres, nightclubs and launderettes, so "people get the right to comment before a change of use or demolition".