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List your local pub as a communitty asset and it could thwart developers

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Do you think your local pub might be under threat of closure one day?

Well you have a new weapon in your armoury to stop it happening, having it registered as a community asset with your local council.

Listing a pub as a community asset is a simple process, requiring support from just 21 local people on the electoral register. Already, more than 50 pubs in England have been registered as community assets, but there is no reason why it shouldn’t be hundreds. In the Localism Act 2011, an asset of community value is described as a building or a piece of land in either public or private ownership that is considered to have community value if:

  • The main use of the asset is currently or in the recent past furthered the social wellbeing or the cultural, recreation or sporting needs of the local community;
  • This use is realistic and furthers community interests, the things that people value in their lives and contributes to them accomplishing their potential into the future.

Listing pubs as assets of community value is really important – where pubs are listed it enables communities to stop the clock if they’re put up for sale to consider options for saving the pub such as putting a bid together for community ownership and looking for an alternative to a developer turning it into housing or a mini-supermarket.

With 18 pubs closing every week registering a pub is fantastic opportunity. If a pub is accepted by the local authority as a community asset, nothing happens until the owners decide to sell.

It’s easy to do, won’t cost you money and doesn’t commit you to anything – other than giving much support to your community pub.

More information, guidance and support is available for CAMRA members at http://www.camra.org.uk/listyourlocal or contact your local council.

 

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Written by timhampson

March 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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