KW4 - Latest News - September 2020
September 2020: ACV & Planning Changes:
Since we last shared an update on the King William IV, the Pub Rescue Group have continued to work during the COVID-19 crisis by holding on-line Zoom meetings.
We have successfully been able to secure a renewal of the Asset of Community Value (ACV) designation of the pub but unfortunately there is no significant progress on buying the property at this stage.
However, there have been some changes in planning legislation with effect from 1st September 2020 which gives us some comfort and benefit that losing our pub to another use becomes much harder now. The Use Classes Order, which sets out what alternative uses can be carried out without the benefit of planning consent, has been updated to allow greater flexibility for many uses. Whilst this relaxation of the rules will assist owners of empty shops and offices the rules relating to Drinking Establishments have been tightened. Public Houses previously fell within Class 4 of the Use Classes order but with effect from 1st September they are classed as Sui Generis. This Latin expression means “of its own kind”, which means that no automatic change to any other use is permitted without a formal planning application and consent.
We consider that this and the ACV strongly protects the position of the village pub as a valuable community asset, and we will watch carefully for any activity to change its Use Class and also any similar activity of this kind relating to other pubs in our local area.
Lastly, it is worth remarking upon the village shop situation and drawing parallels with the King William. Around 150 objections lodged against the suggested changes of status of Speen Stores demonstrate the scale of village support in protecting and retaining our village assets and its vital amenities.
May 2020: Renewed Asset of Community Value (ACV) Status:
When the pub initially closed its doors the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) registered the KW4 as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The existence of an ACV forms a "material consideration" in matters of planning, change of use and prospective sales, though the original had an expiry date of 20-May-2020. The group, in consultation with Wycombe District Council, lobbied to have the ACV renewed which was successfully achieved and so will remain in place for a further 5 years.
Dec 2019: Open Market Valuation & Offer to Buy :
Christies were engaged by the group to perform an independent valuation of the pub to determine its Open Market Valuation (OMV). The valuation completed and the OMV formed the basis of a revised offer that was submitted in December 2019. No formal reply was received to this offer.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.
The King William IV Rescue Team
www.savethekingwilliam.org, as the name suggests, is what we’re working towards. Save the KW4 represents a local interest group, whose activities over the last several years have focused on doing just that, ensuring the King William IV is brought back to life as a community pub.