Save the Royal Oak: Hail Weston's campaign to buy its own pub.
The Royal Oak is an idyllic 17th century village pub in Hail Weston, Cambridgeshire.
Until New Years Day 2012 it was the heart and soul of the village, a true community pub. Sadly on that day it closed its doors and has remained closed ever since, with its future uncertain.
The community is bidding to buy the Royal Oak and re-open it as a community-owned, co-operative pub. In January 2013, it was registered as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act.
There is a live Community Share Offer, where people from Hail Weston and beyond can buy shares in their village pub.
Community Petition: To get behind Hail Weston's campaign to buy the Royal Oak Pub, please sign our online petition: Community Petition
Planning restrictions: Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) have issued a written statement, making clear that they would be very unlikely to grant planning permission for change of use at the Royal Oak Pub.
HDC state: 'the Royal Oak Public House is the only public house in the village and is considered to be a key service that should be retained' and that 'Huntingdonshire's established planning policy position presumes against development proposals that would result in an unacceptable reduction of key services and facilities in settlements'.
The full letter can be read here: Email from HDC on likely planning restrictions.
On 10th November 2013, the community made an offer for the Royal Oak.
On 23rd December 2014, an Article 4 Direction was passed removing permitted development rights from the Royal Oak.
In March 2015, the village made a renewed offer for the pub and negotiations continue.
Shares bought in our Community Share Scheme for the Royal Oak Pub qualify for tax relief under the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). More information on SEIS can be read here: (Tax relief on shares).
We continue to offer shares to raise investment for the pub. These can be bought here: (Community Shares)
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The Hail Weston Community Pub Society Limited : Registered in England No: 31836R. Registered Office: 13a Peppercorn Lane, Eaton Socon, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 8HL.