The Plough Inn (Crosspool) was a Tennants pub for many years. In 1962, ownership changed when Whitbread took over Sheffield-based Tennants. More recently, in 2003, Enterprise Inns took ownership of the pub. Since that date, there appears to have been no serious maintenance work. Some would claim that Enterprise have left the pub to rot.
When the pub closed in 2015, a local community group got together and successfully obtained ACV (Asset of Community Value) status from Sheffield City Council (SCC). Enterprise Inns then leased the building to Sainsburys. We understand that Sainsburys had a pre-planning permission meeting with SCC last November. Sainsburys then waited until peak holiday time before, on 2nd.August, submitting a planning application to SCC to turn the pub into a ‘convenience store.’ Without the ACV status, such a change of use would not require a formal planning application. The deadline for responses is 24th.August. Full details: http://preview.tinyurl.com/jxoyovg
The pub is adjacent to the ground of Hallam FC (the 2nd.oldest football club in the world). Hallam occupy Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world, the site of the first football game (Hallam v Sheffield FC) as recognised by FIFA.
The Plough is important in the history of football (the first inter-club game was adjacent, the rules of football written in the pub ………). Hallam FC also have various anniversary events planned in the near future, including an event when various old football trophies will be in the same place for the first time before going to Zurich to the FIFA Museum.
We can only assume that Sainsburys were not aware of the historical importance when they took on the site. If they were aware, we would hope that they would not be aiming to effectively destroy a national historic asset.
An ideal solution would be for the Plough to become a football museum with a community bar. We hope sense will prevail. In the interim, please do not be hesitant is posting objections to the planning application.
Dave Pickersgill, Pub Heritage Officer