Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Property and beer don't come together nearly enough. Recognizing that pubs often serve as the social centers of smaller communities, England has granted 100 localities the power to (temporarily) block the transfer of bars that are put up for sale:
A hundred pubs in England have been given special protected status to stop them being closed down and sold off for redevelopment. [...]
The 100 pubs have been given Assets of Community Value (ACV) status with their local councils, which means the pub can't be sold on without the local community being told. It grants councils greater powers to refuse planning applications from developers and gives the community up to six months to put in a bid to buy the pub should it be put up for sale.
(HT: Friend of the blog, and all-world legal geographer, Nick Blomley)