A successful campaign to save a pub has set a precedent in preventing the closure of thousands of others across the country.
The Angel in Spinkhill was saved after a community group and Campaign for Real Ale members fought a planning application to convert it into housing.
It was listed as an Asset of Community Value, meaning it is protected from being demolished or converted to another use without planning permission.
The group successfully listed The Angel as an Asset of Community Value and earlier this year North East Derbyshire Council refused the application to convert the Angel
into housing as a result of its ACV status.
This was the first time that an ACV listing was cited as the primary reason for a council refusing a planning application.
Pub regular and Sheffield CAMRA Pub Preservation Officer, Dave Pickersgill, said: “The pub closed earlier last year and the community was concerned that the pub would be converted into housing. The council took the pubs ACV status into consideration and blocked plans to convert the pub. It has now reopened and continues to be at the heart of our community.”
Now more than 1,200 pubs will be celebrating the New Year with the added protection of being listed as an ACV.
The number of pubs nominated as ACVs has doubled in the past six months, following the launch of a joint CAMRA-Government initiative to protect England’s most valued pubs, which was announced by Pubs Minister Marcus Jones at this year’s Great British Beer Festival.
CAMRA Branches and community groups across the country are now working hard to get 3,000 pubs listed as ACVs by the end of 2016 to help stem the number of pub closures, which currently stands at a rate of 29 a week.
Tim Page, CAMRA Chief Executive said: “It is fantastic to see community groups across England coming together to protect 1,200 pubs across the country from redevelopment or demolition. This figure is a testament to the effectiveness of putting power back into the hands of local communities and giving them a chance to have a say in shaping their town centres.”