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The White House and the King William IV in London Road in Shenley listed as assets of community value
Members of the public have been given the chance to protect two much-loved pubs.
The White House and the King William IV, both in London Road in Shenley, have been added to Hertsmere Borough Council’s list of assets of community value,
This means community groups and charities have the right to bid to buy the pubs.
Shenley Parish Council nominated both pubs to be added to the list.
It also nominated the Black Lion Basmati, but Hertsmere Borough Council decided there was not enough evidence to show it improved the social wellbeing of the village.
Councillor Harvey Cohen, who is responsible for planning and localism, approved the decision on Friday following a recommendation by the council’s listing panel.
He said: “We agreed to add The White Horse and King William IV to that list because they are thriving public houses which further the social wellbeing and recreational interests of the village.
“It was felt that as an Indian restaurant, The Black Lion Basmati does not have the same status.”
Under community right to bid legislation, brought in by the Government a year ago, if an asset of community value is put for sale, an interim moratorium is triggered.
A charity, community interest company or non-profit organisation then has six weeks to come forward and ask to be treated as potential bidders.
If a request is received within that time, then a full moratorium is triggered which bans the property from being sold to anyone but a community group for the next six months.
After the deadline, the owner are free to sell the asset and does not have to give a community interest group first refusal.
Councillor Cohen stressed the listing did not mean the pubs were guaranteed to be bought by the community if they were put up for sale.
He added: “It does mean the community has more opportunity to help shape the future of its village and protect these amenities for subsequent generations.”
Hertsmere Council has already listed five properties, including Maxwell Park Community Centre and The Crown pub, both in Borehamwood, and The Three Horseshoes pub in Letchmore Heath.
Aldenham Parish Council has asked to be treated as a potential bidder for The Three Horseshoes, meaning a full moratarium has been triggered that will end on December 10.
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