Residents aiming to reopen a historic pub in a Cheshire village have received a major boost.
The community in and around Shocklach is rallying together in a bid to bring The Bull back into use. And their efforts have moved a step closer after the premises – dating back to the 1850s – was given Asset of Community Value (ACV) status.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has confirmed that the application – submitted by Shocklach Oviatt and District Parish Council – had been rubber-stamped by the planning department on Tuesday (July 25).
Securing ACV status gives the community six weeks to decide if it wishes to be considered as a potential bidder, and then a longer period of time to develop its plans for the purchase of the property. People living in Shocklach and the surrounding villages met at the end of May to discuss ways of reopening the premises.
A steering group – separate from the parish council – was set up to look into the possibility of a community purchase venture. Providing an update this month on Facebook, former Cheshire West and Chester councillor for Farndon, Paul Roberts, confirmed that “residents in Shocklach have formed a group to try to save The Bull for the local community”.
The pub, which closed its doors for good earlier this year, has been put up for sale by owners Admiral Taverns with offers invited in the region of £395,000. The Bull is described on Rightmove as “an attractive country pub believed to date back to 1850”.