Application to turn pub into community asset rejected

The Swan in Gilling West.

An application to make a village pub a community asset has been rejected.

A group of 30 people calling themselves the Gilling West Community Group applied to North Yorkshire Council for the White Swan pub to be declared an ‘asset of community value’.

Asset of community value status would have meant the villagers’ wishes would be considered when officials consider planning applications for the premises.

It could also give the community time to raise funds should they wish to buy the pub.

It was submitted amid concerns in the village about the future of the premises.

The pub and restaurant closed in August last year, but the owners have said they will look to reopen the pub after modernisation work has been completed.

The application was considered by officers from North Yorkshire Council.

However, they have rejected the application saying there is not evidence to “demonstrate that the asset of community value and that it furthers the social well-being of the community under the requirements of the Localism Act 2011”.

Following its closure, several planning application have since been submitted to North Yorkshire Council to make changes to the pub.

These include retrospective applications for the repainting of the pub frontage to grey and the installation of stone gabions that were used to make a seating area at the front of the pub.

An application for various internal work has also been submitted.

The owners say the work is needed to modernise the premises before the business reopens, and have stressed that a change of use application — which would be needed before the pub can be turned into a house — has not been applied for.

The pub also been put up for sale with an asking price of £550,000.