The only pub in a village could soon be sold off to charities or community groups in the first case of its kind in the area.

Aldenham Parish Council has submitted an application to bid for the Three Horseshoes Pub, in The Green, Letchmore heath.

Under new community Right to Bid legislation, the parish council or other community interest groups have until Tuesday, December 10 to bid for the 400-year-old building.

Ahead of this day, the pub can only be sold to a community interest group or non-profit company or society.

But after December 10, the owners will be free to dispose of it as they wish and will not be expected to give first refusal to a community group.

In May, the pub was named an asset of community value by Hertsmere Borough Council after an application from Aldenham Parish Council.

Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, portfolio holder for planning and localism, said: “This is an exciting development for the residents of Letchmore Heath and, I’ve no doubt, will be of huge interest to others in the borough.

“Though Community Right to Bid legislation doesn’t guarantee that a local amenity or facility will be sold to the community, it does mean the community gets the chance to put in a bid to buy a building or a place that is important to them.”