Sheffield opposition councillors have challenged a decision to reject a plan to protect a city centre pub.
The city council turned down campaigners’ application to list The University Arms as an asset of community value, or ACV.
The pub is threatened with demolition under a University of Sheffield development plan, and members of the Campaign for Real Ale, or Camra, wanted to give the community a chance to protect it.
Liberal Democrat councillors have already called for Sheffield’s pubs to be preserved, and have called in the University Arms for further scrutiny.
Adam Hanrahan, ward councillor for Crookes and University of Sheffield student, said: “Sheffield is well known worldwide and well loved for its outstanding beer and pub scene, and it’s well evidenced that Sheffield’s community pubs bring a huge social and economic benefit to our city.
“Sheffield’s Labour-run council say that they want to work with communities protect our community pubs but their actions show otherwise. Whilst they’ve accepted 10 nominations for ACVs they’ve rejected 13.
“A lot of the council’s reasons for rejecting the application, such as their being no evidence the pub is well used or appreciated by the community is just plain wrong.
“I hope that the Labour group will reconsider and protect this asset from potential development.”
A successful ACV application means a pub or any other building cannot be knocked down or converted without planning permission. If it goes on sale, the community has six months to put in an offer.
The council’s cabinet member for community services Jack Scott said: “We are happy to meet with the applicants to discuss future applications from them. We’ve got some great pubs in Sheffield and I am very keen to work with local communities to help protect them for the future.”
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