Get involved: send your pictures, video, news & views by texting BOREHAMWOOD to 80360, or email us
The Crown owners Wood Hall appeal against Borehamwood pub's listing as asset of community value
The owners of a pub that has stood empty since March have said they will appeal its listing as a community asset.
Hertsmere Borough Council made The Crown pub in Shenley Road an asset of community value in August.
This means community groups and charities have the right to bid to buy the pub should it go up for sale.
However the building's owners Wood Hall LLP said it did not think The Crown Pub should have been listed, claiming Borehamwood did not need another pub.
Finance director for the Shenley firm Iain Williamson said: “There are other establishments in the area that provide this facility.
“We’re looking to work with Hertsmere Borough Council with a view to moving forward and finding other uses for the site.
"Everything is possible at the moment – we do not yet know what we want to do with the site but we want to use is to build a landmark building that will benefit Borehamwood, and that will be a success."
A spokesman for Hertsmere Council said it had not received an appeal from Wood Hall LLP, adding the firm had until next Friday to submit one.
He said: “The Crown Public House will remain on the council’s list of assets of community value for five years or until a decision is taken that it no longer meets the criteria for listing set out in the Localism Act 2011.”
Steve Bury, whose group Save the Crown was instrumental in getting the pub listed, said he still wanted to see the pub open again.
He said: “Wood Hall land has not made an application for change of use or put the pub on the market.
“If they were to do so we would act.
“The solution for us is the same as it has always been – to get somebody to take over the lease and run it the way it has been for the last five years as a community local.
“We view its closure as a great loss to the community, especially as it is so close to the station, and there aren’t many other places to drink in Borehamwood.”
Comments are closed on this article.