Pic: Caroline Lucas MP (second right) and staff at the Rose Hill Tavern near Brighton’s Ditchling Road
The Rose Hill Tavern, which was put up for sale and could have been converted into flats, has been listed by Brighton & Hove City Council as an ‘Asset of Community Value’.
This halts the sale for six months to allow community groups the opportunity to bid for the property, an alternative to a commercial buyer.
Green councillor Phelim Mac Cafferty, Chair of the council’s Planning Committee, said, “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to move quickly to grant the pub the community asset status it deserves.
“The Rose Hill is a charming public house with many interesting features, attested by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) (1)
“I’m happy to say that the public house will now also be considered for our Local List of non-designated heritage assets.
“Pubs are still at the heart of the community in our city, and although we haven’t seen the vast quantity of pubs close that other cities in the South East have faced, I have a genuine concern that we are at a tipping point.
“I look forward to seeing proposals from the campaign group for keeping The Rose Hill Tavern in community hands.
“While this reprieve is of course welcome, the government’s Localism Act that sets out this process remains deeply flawed.
“We have only a pause to the sale of the pub with, sadly, no guarantee that it will stay in community hands.
“The Government is really only paying lip service to the needs of the community.
“They’re offering only a community right to bid for and not right to buy the pub – while giving a free-reign to developers.”
For more information please contact the Brighton and Hove Green Party office on 01273 766 670.