Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there, as the developer challenged the decision via the courts and ploughed ahead with its plans to turn the building into a residential property by submitting a planning application to the council.
Today there has been some more positive news, the First Tier Tribunal agreed with the Rose Hill Tavern Action Group, and Brighton and Hove City Council, that it was right to grant ACV status to the pub.
With the news that the tribunal upheld the ACV status decision, I’ve gone back to ask the Council what impact the decision will have on the planning application that has been submitted.
Pubs like the Rose Hill Tavern play an important role in our local communities. In recent years a number of community pubs in the city have been sold off for development by big pub chains, cashing in on the buoyant property market instead of investing in them to stay afloat.
The Rose Hill Tavern has won many battles to date and I’ve been incredibly impressed by the campaign and those behind it.
Whilst the ACV status merely provides a right to bid, rather than a right to buy, I hope that the tribunal decision is enough to press the pause button once more and allow the local community enough time to see if a viable alternative can be put forward.