24 November 2016

Another pub in Sheffield has gained community protection to help prevent it from being closed down, sold off or redeveloped.

The White Lion on London Road is the latest of nine local pubs to become an ‘asset of community value.’ This status, awarded by Sheffield City Council, means the pub cannot be knocked down or converted without planning permission. If it goes on sale, residents and regulars would have six months to put together a bid to buy it.

Altogether there are 13 assets of community value in Sheffield, including eight pubs. Nine applications have been approved so far this year.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield is a great beer city and has been named the real ale capital of the world. It’s brilliant to see people so passionate about protecting their local pubs.

“I’m very pleased to have granted The White Lion asset of community value status which will help protect its future use. This year we’ve processed more applications than ever and are here to give advice about how more venues can gain this status.”

Councillor Cate McDonald, one of the local councillors and Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council, said: “The White Lion is a great pub and it’s clear to see the benefits it brings to the local community. There’s loads going on there from providing a free meeting place for local groups to running charity events, pub quizzes and live music.”

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk for more information about gaining asset of community value status for local buildings. Applicants must demonstrate how the buildings contribute to the community’s social wellbeing or social interests.