Two Pubs in the UK, the Holywell Inn, Calderdale, and the Rising Sun Pub, Woodcroft, have been purchased by their local Council for sale back to the community. This has occurred because the owners were delaying efforts to put the Pub back into community use.
Powers under section 226 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allow Council to Compulsory purchase Pubs where the owner is unwilling to sell and the building has been, or could be, of benefit to the community.
This sets a precedent around the country for Pubs in similar situation to the above Pubs (hint – The Henry Jenkins) for approaching their local council about a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).
The /Henry Jenkins Community Cooperative (HJCC) is looking closely into the requirements for application to the Harrogate Borough Council.
You can read more about it on our website page – COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER (CPO)