An iconic village pub will become a community asset
West Lancashire Council has designated the Corner House in Wrightington as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) following a request from the Save Our Corner House campaign and the parish council.
This means that the owners of the 150-year-old establishment – who want to turn the site into housing as they are struggling to make ends meet – cannot sell it for five years without first notifying the authority and the community.
The premises have been on the market since 2018 but have received little to no interest.
The Lawson family wanted to sell because they had no more money to invest in their upkeep, following a drop in trade.
The ACV ensures that the community and its supporters have the opportunity to buy the pub. A formal entry to this effect has been placed in the Land Royalty Register and a restriction has been placed on the legal title to the Corner House site.
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Save Our Corner House Campaign Co-Chairs Lisa Edwards and Angelique Aitken said, “Registration of the Corner House as an Asset of Community Value is an important step forward. But this does not prevent the examination of the planning request in progress for the demolition of the Corner House and the construction of nine houses.
“In terms of planning, the ACV is a ‘material consideration’ which needs to be considered by council and is a clear signal that the corner house is valued by the community – so the campaign continues.”
Over 60 formal objections were submitted to the local authority by the community and campaign supporters.
The parish council and local MP Rosie Cooper also oppose the demolition and development of nine houses.
West Lancsh Council’s planning committee will likely review the planning application on April 21.
Lisa Edwards and Angelique Aitken added: “The 150-year-old Corner House is part of Wrightington’s heritage and we believe it could once again become a thriving business.
“We welcome the support of all residents and regular customers of the pub and restaurant who wish to see it preserved as a local attraction.”