Ringmer seeks to safeguard pub from being turned into housing

Anchor Inn, Ringmer
Anchor Inn, Ringmer

An historic pub in Ringmer has been listed as an asset of community value in a bid to protect it from developers.

The Anchor has been listed by Lewes District Council after Ringmer Parish Council decided to take action to safeguard the pub from being converted into housing.

Old Ship pub, Ringmer

Old Ship pub, Ringmer

Just two out of four of Ringmer’s pubs continue to trade: The Cock and The Green Man.

The 17th century coaching inn The Old Ship in Uckfield Road closed in January 2014, while The Anchor in Lewes Road closed in October 2014.

Chair of Ringmer History Study Group John Kay said: “It’s the only pub in the centre of Ringmer which is a very big village and it ought to be possible to make a go of it.

“We don’t feel The Old Ship can be listed because it is so far away from the village.”

Under the Localism Act 2011 people living in England can nominate a pub to be listed as an asset of community value.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said listing pubs as an asset of community value provides communities with the power to stop the clock when faced with a pub being sold and gives residents time to explore options for saving the pub.

Councils can take into account assets of community value when considering new planning applications against the pub.

CAMRA said listing a pub showed the value it had to the community and meant property developers looking for a hassle free purchase were less likely to show interest.

A spokesperson for CAMRA said: “If a listed pub goes up for sale, its ACV status has the power to postpone the sale for up to six months. “That’s just enough time for pub campaigners to gather together a suitable bid to buy the pub and run it as community-owned.”

While there continues to be interest shown in the two pubs they are still on the market with Fleurets.

The Anchor has a price tag of £48,000 per annum. It has been a pub since the 1780s. Fleurets is marketing the pub for the Wellington Pub Company.

The Old Ship which is on the main A26 just outside of the village is a Grade II listed building and a privately owned freehouse, on the market for £495,000.

Fleurets divisional director Nick Earee explained a lot of pubs had been sold off over the last four or five years for conversion into homes, because borrowing the money to buy the pub had been challenging, but added that the situation was improving. In June the Blacksmiths Arms at Offham was sold as a pub and just recently The Sloop in Scaynes Hill was sold as a pub too.