There has been yet another twist in the saga surrounding the future of the Plough on Sandygate. It was previously reported in local press and in the September edition of Beer Matters that the Plough Community Campaign’s fight to save the pub had come to an end after its owners, Enterprise Inns, turned down their £435,000 bid and accepted an offer from an unknown bidder who planned to reopen the pub.
However, it is now understood that Enterprise subsequently accepted a higher bid from another unknown source whose intentions are less clear. Enterprise have refused to reveal the identity of the new buyer, and so it remains unclear whether their plans involve reopening the pub or redeveloping the site.
The chairman of the Plough Community Campaign, Peter Duff, has reiterated that the group are happy to work with anybody intent on reopening, but that any development that would take the pub away will meet with considerable resistance from the local community.
The pub is currently protected by Sheffield City Council as an Asset of Community Value, an initiative which Sheffield & District CAMRA supported, meaning that it cannot be demolished or its use changed without planning permission.
We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.