Example 3

Closed Village Pub with ACV Listing – This Grade II listed property is in a large village near Salisbury and was owned by a major pub company. The building was suffering from lack of investment and a trail of 10 tenants in 12 years. The last tenant had walked away and the owning company boarded up the pub and placed it on the market with a national pub agent. A lady developer acquired the site after 6 months of marketing and out of the blue a nomination was received by the Council for the building to be listed as an asset of community value (ACV). We were called in when the agent referred the developer to us and we immediately requested a review of the ACV listing. Within 6 weeks we had the ACV listing revoked and a sound case for a change of use to residential was in place. This was based on the unviability of the business, the fact that there was no interest to acquire the property from pub operators and that there were three other pubs within comfortable walking distance. The Grade II building required urgent works carrying out as the roof was leaking and part of the foundations sinking but these issues were addressed within the overall proposal for the site. We represented the developer at the planning committee meeting having already lobbied the members and the application was granted on a show of hands.