The Council has been asked to list three local properties as “assets of community value”. If so designated, local organisations would be able to offer to buy the properties as and when they come onto the market..
The three buildings concerned
The Lord Nelson Public House, 9 Main Street,
Nether Poppleton York.
Blacksmiths Arms Public House, Shipton Road,
Lendal Post Office, 22 Lendal, York
The Council is being recommended to list the two pubs.
Both have been nominated by their local Parish Council.
The owners of the Lord Nelson say that any listing might delay the reopening of the pub as they plan to make improvements and re-let the building.
Sam Smiths maintain that their Blacksmiths Arms outlet has a long-term future with the intervention being unnecessary.
Officials are recommending that the former Post Office building on Lendal is not listed as it does not meet the relevant legal criteria.
The Council has received two more applications which could allow “community bids” to be made to purchase local amenities.
The first concerns the Holgate community garden and play area which is located off Cleveland Street.
Local residents have recently been stepping up their objections to the access bridge into the York Central development which could adversely impact on the park.
The second application concerns the Blacksmiths Arms pub in Naburn.
A meeting taking place on 12th September will decide whether to add the properties to a list which – in the event of their coming on the market – would allow a local community group to make an offer to buy.
The moves follow similar initiatives last month involving Grove House EPH and White Rose House in Wheldrake. While the application for Grove House was rejected but the Council has still to determine its approach to the Wheldrake building.