Can we save our village pub?

John Conlin / 23 March 2017

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Question

The only remaining points of social contact in our village are the church and the pub.

The brewery has made a planning application to convert the latter into two houses. The Parish Council have objected but informal opinion from the planners suggests that it may be approved.

Is there anything more we can do?

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Answer

The Localism Act 2011 included protection for premises or land of particular value to a village, neighbourhood or special interest group.

A pub may well qualify as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. Parish Councils and other groups can request the local council to register property. Although this will not prevent the grant of planning permission it will require the owner to invite bids from the community group before selling to anyone else. Check the web for details

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