Pubs Preservation - Background
In May 2017, planning law was changed (following a long campaign by CAMRA and others) so that any demolition or change of use of a pub now needs planning permission. This means that you can raise objections to any such proposals and, hopefully, convince the Council to turn them down. Previously, ACVs were one of the only routes to securing this protection.
So far as pubs are concerned, the most common change of use is to one or more houses. Others include conversions to restaurants, shops, offices, hot food takeaways and industrial or warehousing uses. Also needing permission are, extensions, such as new restaurant areas and conservatories, alterations (inside or out) to Listed Buildings, most new signs and advertisements and changes to the external appearance of the building such as new doors, windows or roof.
If you love your local pub and think it adds value to your local community, then why not list it with your local council as an 'Asset of Community Value' (ACV)?
Over two years campaigners successfully listed over 2,000 pubs as ACVs across England.
If your community pub comes under threat, listing the pub as an ACV may still be beneficial to securing its future, and add support to objections raised by the community as part of the planning process.
Below outlines how your community can come together to nominate your local.
If you require any further help or advice on whether ACVs are the best route for your community to go down, please email ku.gro.armac@sngiapmac.
How to nominate:-
1. Decide who you are nominating on behalf of. You can either nominate as a group of 21 local people, as a Parish Council, or in connection with another local group including a CAMRA Branch.
2. Go to your local Council website and download a nomination form. You should then fill the nomination form out with as much detail as you can on why the pub adds value to your community.
3. If nominating as a group of 21 local people, make sure they're all on the electoral register. Often best to have a few more just in case!
4. Submit the form to the Council - there should be an email address or address on their website provided. Our Chair of Pub Campaigns Committee Paul Ainsworth is happy to look over draft nominations. If you're unsure, send it over to email@example.com
5. Wait 8 weeks for a decision! Once a Council has received your application, they'll have 8 weeks to decide whether or not to list the asset.
ACV success for Walcote's Black Horse within Leicester Branch
The Black Horse at Walcote originally closed in 2012, despite having been rebuilt and being popular with locals for both the beer and Thai food.
At the time, concerned residents of Walcote managed to register the Black Horse as an Asset of Community Value and subsequently issued shares for local people to purchase. Enough money was raised to buy the pub, tie free, and essentially, became owned by the village thanks to the purchase through the local Community Benefit Society and the contribution of a generous benefactor. After 4 years of hard work by local villagers, The Black Horse has now been fully refurbished and was reopened as a community run pub on 2nd December 2016. There are 5 hand pumps (2 Langton Brewery, 2 Dowbridge and Sharp’s Doombar). Nathan Miles, the new landlord has said that he will be using as much local produce as possible, including beers from local breweries.
Anyone who believes that a pub is under threat of redevelopment within our branch can contact ku.gro.armac.htrowsobdnayelkcnih@noitavreserpbup
For further information on the ACV policy within Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, please see ACV Policy