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One hundred pubs listed as Assets of Community Value

Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis has announced that 100 pubs across England have been listed as Assets of Community Value (ACV), the Independent has reported.12 Aug 2013

Once listed as an ACV, the landowner must give the local authority notice of any intention to sell the land, and  local community groups can notify the local authority that they wish to bid for the ACV land. This will delay the sale of the ACV for up to six months, allowing the community group time to compile a bid, although the owner remains free to sell the land to the preferred bidder of its choice.

According to reports, Lewis is set to give further details on the listings this week at the opening of the Great British Beer Festival which is run by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

The ACV regime was introduced by the Localism Act and requires a local authority to maintain a list of buildings and other land in its area which is of community value. The policy aim behind the scheme was to assist local groups to preserve buildings or land of importance to their community.

"Camra's campaign to list your local is doing a fabulous job raising awareness of our new Community Right to Bid and I am delighted that 100 loved locals have now been listed as assets of community value," said Lewis according to reports by the Evening Standard.

"We have known for hundreds of years just how valuable our locals are. Not just as a place to grab a pint but also to the economies and communities of those they serve and that is why we are doing everything we can to support and safeguard community pubs from closure," he said.

"Camra is delighted that the Government has recognised the vital importance of pubs and empowered communities to protect them," said Camra chief executive Mike Benner. "By listing their local, communities are ensuring that if the pub is under threat in the future, there is a much-needed extra layer of protection which "stops the clock" should it be put up for sale," he added.