Protecting Pubs

Well run pubs play a pivotal role in local communities, but are increasingly under threat of demolition or being converted to another use by large developers with 27 pubs closing every week.

As a pub lover and local campaigner, your first step to saving a pub from this fate is to list it as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. You can do this even before a pub is under threat, which will give the pub added protection under planning law. Please note that ACV listings only apply to pubs across England.

List Your Local

If you love your local pub and want to protect it from demolition or change of use, make sure to list it with your local Council as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). We can nominate it for you as a CAMRA Branch, or you can do it as an informal group of 21 local people or as a Parish Council.

Follow this link to see how you can nominate your local.

What IS an ACV?

In England, an asset of community value (ACV) is land or property of importance to a local community which is subject to additional protection from development under the Localism Act 2011. Voluntary and community organisations can nominate an asset to be included on their local authority’s register of asset of community value.

The owner of an asset of community value must inform the local authority if they wish to sell the asset. If a group wants to buy the asset, they can trigger a moratorium for six months, to give them a chance to raise the money to purchase the asset. The owner does not have to sell to a community group. The asset of community value listing only improves the chances of community groups being able to purchase by providing more time to raise funds. It does not require the owner to sell at a discount.

Under the terms of the legislation, registration as an Asset of Community Value covers four aspects:

  • Removal of permitted development rights for change of use and demolition: owners seeking to change a building’s planning use class or to demolish it must allow its users (for example, a pub’s regular drinkers) to comment;
  • Material planning consideration: ACV status is a material consideration in a planning application and can be used by the Planning Inspectorate as a factor in refusing planning permission for change of use or demolition;
  • Community right to bid: this allows an ACV to be purchased by a group representing its users or the local community;
  • Compulsory purchase rights: an ACV-registered building can be compulsorily purchased by the local authority or council “if the asset is under threat of long-term loss to the community”.

By late 2015, of about 860 pubs across the country which had registered as ACVs, 12 had been acquired by groups under the Community Right to Bid and none had been purchased under compulsory purchase powers, although there were two cases where the latter was being investigated

[Source: Wikipedia]