Make that a double: Campaigners' delight as two pubs in Sheffield gain protected status

The pubs are the 10th and 11th in Sheffield to be recognised as community assets
The pubs are the 10th and 11th in Sheffield to be recognised as community assets
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Beer lovers are toasting their success after two endangered pubs in Sheffield were granted protected status.

The Cherry Tree, in Brincliffe Edge, and Carbrook Hall, in Attercliffe, have both been recognised by Sheffield Council as assets of community value (ACV).

The Cherry Tree pub in Brincliffe Edge

The Cherry Tree pub in Brincliffe Edge

The decision means the owners cannot demolish or convert the premises without planning permission, and would have to give the community six months to make an offer should they be put up for sale.

The retailer Co-op has applied to demolish The Cherry Tree, in Carter Knowle Avenue, and build a food store in its place, but the council has yet to make a decision.

A previous application to list the pub as an ACV was rejected earlier this year, after the owner Enterprise Inns objected, arguing there was too little trade for it to remain open as a pub.

However, this time the council said there was sufficient proof in the application that the pub was a valuable social hub and there would be a 'significant impact' on regulars should it close.

Carbrook Hall pub in Attercliffe

Carbrook Hall pub in Attercliffe

Carbrook Hall, which is one of the city's oldest buildings and reputedly among its most haunted, has been closed since being sold in February by Punch Taverns to West Street Leisure.

Its new owner, which leases out two other pubs in the city, has argued the Grade II-listed building is not sustainable as a traditional pub but its proximity to shops and leisure facilities in Attercliffe make it a good spot for a 'quirky' bar or cafe.

The Cherry Tree and Carbrook Hall are the 10th and 11th pubs in Sheffield to be awarded ACV status.

Dave Pickersgill, of Sheffield and District CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), said he was 'very pleased' the applications had been approved.

However, he said regulations in the recently approved Neighbourhood Planning Bill meant ACV applications would no longer be necessary as pub owners are now required to apply for planning permission anyway should they wish to demolish or convert the building.

Brian Holmshaw, of the Sheaf Valley Heritage group, which submitted a joint ACV application for Carbrook Hall with CAMRA, said he was 'delighted' it had been successful.

"We look forward to the owner putting forward a comprehensive repair and restoration plan that meets the approval of Historic England, Sheffield planners and crucially, the communities that use it," he added.

Ted Gunby, chairman of the Carter Knowle and Millhouses Community Group, which submitted the ACV application for The Cherry Tree, said he was 'delighted' it had been approved at the second time of asking.

"We hope this means the owners will think about some real investment into the pub because it's in a very pleasant part of Sheffield, it's the only local in the area and I think it's true to say it's been neglected in recent years," he added.

A spokesman for Ei Group, which owns The Cherry Tree, said: "We are awaiting formal notification of the council’s decision in respect of the Cherry Tree, Sheffield. Until such time we are unable to comment further."

The Star has also contacted West Street Leisure and the Co-operative group for a comment.

The applications for both pubs were approved by Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for community services and libraries.