Good news - the Council granted us the Community Asset listing! Thanks to all of the local residents, councillors and pub staff who supported our application.
So, we now need to prepare details of a Community Bid, which would be triggered in the event that the owner of The Wheatsheaf finds a prospective buyer for the site. This would be our opportunity to raise funds from the community and investors, as well as secure grants from other bodies, to purchase the site and retain it as the pub we all love.
The listing will also provide recognition that the Wheatsheaf truly is an asset to the community. Therefore, in the event of a change of use application being submitted by the owner at a later date, and this not being a permitted development, the listing wil help us block the change in the planning consultation that will take place.
The Tooting Wheatsheaf Supporters are just starting to consider the options available to us, so if you have views on this topic or wish to attend the meetings we hold on this topic (in the pub!), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .