Otley locals apply for blanket pub ACV listings

By James Wallin, M&C Report

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Otley Pub Club president Greg Mulholland and chair Andy FitzGerald outside Leeds Civic Centre with the multiple ACV applications
Otley Pub Club president Greg Mulholland and chair Andy FitzGerald outside Leeds Civic Centre with the multiple ACV applications

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The Yorkshire town of Otley has seen the first attempt to have every pub classified as an asset of community value.

The Otley Pub Club has applied to Leeds City Council for a blanket classification of all 20 pubs in the area.

The club’s chairman Andy FitzGerald said: “We are seeking to protect all Otley’s pubs with the status of Assets of Community Value because they are an integral part of our historic town and part of its wide appeal.

"As a voluntary community organisation Otley Pub Club has a successful track record of fighting to retain the town’s pubs and has succeeded in pressuring pub companies in reopening closed pubs and encouraging investment. If successful, this application will provide added protection.”

Parliamentary Save the Group chair Greg Mulholland, the local MP, has criticised the Government for the obstacles in the path of local authorities in securing ACV status. He complained that Leeds City Council faces costs of £1,070 for each ACV application, and while ministers say assessing each application should take 8.3 hours, it takes Leeds 16.6 hours.

Otley Pub Club is an organisation created by local pub-goers and publicans.

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david

Posted by Interested Observer,

That's an interesting thought.

Would your "independent critical appraisal of viability which takes account of its past operating model and potential future operating model" apply equally to say a small Tesco wanting to convert to a DIY store? In other words would there have to be an appraisal as, say, an "owner operated" small supermarket.

Or would this only be for pubs?

I don't know Otley from Oslo, but I would imagine that if there's an independent freeholder on his last legs with a potential good offer from the Co-op on the horizon he'll be delighted with this turn of events.

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End the profiteering scam

Posted by david,

If ACVs are an inconvenience to those who want to wipe community pubs off the map then the Government needs to implement a procedure which requires planning permission for change of use of pub sites, and supported by an independent critical appraisal of viability which takes account of its past operating model and potential future operating model.

Everyone knows what's happening. There are many pubs being shut and then disposed of for alternate use under the excuse that they are not viable when they could be perfectly viable under a different operating model.

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Applications

Posted by Objective Observer,

Are reviewed on merit. It seems to me if you apply for all to have an ACV you muddy the waters with regard to merit.

It also seems to me that landing an LA with a £20k bill will probably infuriate those who don't use pubs.

If the applicant had to pay the cots we would then see how people really felt about their pub. £1000/21 is less than £50/head.

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