ACV updateSheffield and District CAMRA have piloted a national CAMRA scheme which encourages branches to nominate pubs in their area as Assets of Community Value (ACV). We nominated eleven pubs, ten in Sheffield and one in the Derbyshire Dales. Derbyshire Dales have approved our application to list The Red Lion (Litton) as an ACV. However, Sheffield City Council, who also received the applications in late June responded with a series of further questions. They have since stated that decisions will be made by 24th.October. The ten pubs are a mix of heritage, suburban, city centre and rural. Once Sheffield has ruled on these applications, we will review our position and may submit more pubs for ACV status. Currently only two Sheffield pubs, the Castle (Bolsterstone) and the Plough (Crosspool) have ACV listing. In our wider ‘district,’ the Red Lion has joined the Angel (Spinkhill) and the Anglers Rest (Bamford). Once a pub is ACV listed, planning permission is required for any change of use or demolition. The ACV listing scheme is open to all CAMRA branches. Each branch can use this assistance to nominate up to ten pubs/month. The branch provides basic details, then CAMRA nationally, complete the paperwork, check ownership, obtain ground plans and paid the fee. After checking the details and adding more information, the branch then submits the completed documentation to the appropriate Local Authority. Four workshops are planned for CAMRA branches. These will discuss how to access CAMRA’s Support Service and will also hear from other Branches leading the way with ACV nominations. Sheffield CAMRA will be represented at the first workshop which is in Manchester on 3rd. October. Nationally, Communities Pubs Minister Marcus Jones has presented the first ‘Badge of Honour’ to an ACV-listed pub. To date, more than 800 pubs have achieved ACV status. The first new badge – declaring ‘This Pub Matters’ – was presented to Tina Massie of The Red Lion, Knotty Green, Buckinghamshire, at the recent Great British Beer Festival which was held, in London, at Olympia. The initiative is a joint venture between the Campaign for Real Ale and the Department for Communities & Local Government. More information is available at: CAMRA – List your Local CAMRA – Nominating as a CAMRA branch Sheffield City Council – Assets of Community Value Derbyshire Dales District Council – Community Right to Bid
Listing for post-war pubs?Historic England seeks details of pubs that could lead to them getting listed status: Heritage body Historic England is seeking details of the nation’s pubs for a research project that could lead to more getting listed status. It particularly wants to hear about pubs built or rebuilt between 1945 and 1985 as part of a new thematic review. The project, which could last up to two years, could then recommend additions to the 11 post-war pubs that already have listed status. Historic England said: “Currently, post-war pubs are a severely threatened building type, with many being converted to other uses or demolished altogether. Through this project we are aiming to help people understand and appreciate these buildings, and hopefully to help protect them.” The buildings nominated need not be still used as a pub and could have been closed, altered or even demolished. Historic England said the information would help ensure “the knowledge of post-war pubs across England is as complete and up-to-date as possible”. Currently just two post-war public houses are listed in their own right – the former Lord High Admiral in Pimlico, London, which is now in use as an Argentinian restaurant and Jack Straw’s Public House in Hampstead, London, which replaced an 18th century pub destroyed during the Blitz. Another eight post-war pubs are currently listed as part of wider development schemes: The Shakespeare – part of the Barbican Estate in London; The Pimlico Tram, Westminster; the former Crowders Well – part of the Barbican estate in London; The Earl George, The Link, The Scottish Queen and The Parkway at the Park Hill estate, Sheffield; The Pride of Pimlico in Westminster and The Cock Tavern at Smithfield Market in London. Suggestions can be emailed to jo.bradley@HistoricEngland.org.uk.
Pub company Punch Taverns has announced it is to sell 158 of its pubs. The Burton headquartered firm has agreed to sell 158 outlets to New River Retail for £53.5 million. The move is part of the firm’s strategy to sell its non-core pubs at a rate of about 200 a year. Following the sale, Punch will have 2,900 “core” pubs and 550 non-core pubs. New River Retail is a specialist real estate investment trust (REIT) focussed on the UK food and value retail sector. The proceeds will be used to reduce Punch’s debt. It is feared that New River will convert many of the pubs into stores. In November 2013, Marston’s, sold 202 pubs to New River.
Proposals have been submitted to Sheffield City Council to turn The Market Inn, on Wortley Road, High Green, into a business centre, as well as building 14 houses on the surrounding land. And under separate plans developers want to convert The Ball Inn, on Myrtle Road, Heeley, into five apartments, while also putting up a four-storey building with 15 flats. Under The Market Inn scheme, the pub building will be retained, with the interior rearranged to create several office suites. The Ball would be turned into five two-bedroom flats. The new building will be constructed to the rear of the site, offering 15 two and three-bedroom flats.