The Victoria pub in St Annes has been confirmed as the first property to be added to Fylde Council’s List of Assets of Community Value.
The Church Road hostelry has been subject to a successful campaign to prevent its demolition and redevelopment of the site for housing. Under the terms of the Localism Act, councils are expected to list land and properties deemed to further the social interests of the local community.
The listing must be in response to a nomination by a parish/town council or community organisation and St Annes Town Council nominated The Vic.
Its inclusion on the list – agreed by the Fylde Council’s cabinet – means any attempt to dispose of the property would trigger a six-week notification period in which a community group can register an interest in bidding to buy the property for use by the community.
Community groups then have six months to compile a bid. In that time, the owner can’t sell the property, although not obliged to ultimately accept the bid.
Coun Cheryl Little, Fylde Council’s cabinet member for social wellbeing, said: “The new legislation gives more involvement to the local community if the present owners decide to sell it.”