Welcome

Welcome to the Plough in Sandygate, Sheffield. The Plough dates back to the 17th century and played a central role in the history of cricket and football. The pub is opposite the oldest football ground in the world, the home of Hallam FC and Hallam Cricket Club.

The Plough is currently closed but the community is looking to make a bid to purchase the building and to reopen it as a community owned asset.

Over the next few weeks, we will be making more information available about how you can support the community’s bid to purchase and reopen the Plough as a community pub.

Sainsbury’s will not appeal The Plough pub planning decision

Sainsbury’s will not be appealing the planning decision for The Plough, according to the Save the Plough and the Sporting Heritage of Sandygate campaign group.

 

In the Sheffield Telegraph, a spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “Following the decision to refuse the planning application, we have reviewed our options and have decided not to proceed with an appeal. We will continue to look for further opportunities in the area.”

True North Brewery, the owners of several successful South Yorkshire pubs including The York in Broomhill, said in another Sheffield Telegraph article that they’d be interested in buying The Plough pub should it be put on the market.

The convenience store planning application from Sainsbury’s was refused permission at the Sheffield City Council planning committee meeting on 10 January.

 

(Originally posted on crosspool.info)

Planning application for The Plough refused

The convenience store planning application from Sainsbury’s was refused permission at the Sheffield City Council planning committee meeting this afternoon.

The decision was unanimous and the reason given is:

In the opinion of the Local Planning Authority, the proposal to change the use of the public house (Use Class A4) to retail (Use Class A1) would involve the loss of a building that is considered to be a valued community asset, which before its recent closure supported community groups and activities catering for the social wellbeing and interests of a wide section of the local community, being designated an Asset of Community Value.

The public house is considered to be well regarded by the local community and there are no alternative premises within a reasonable travelling distance for many of the individuals who use the premises.

The Local Planning Authority is of the opinion that insufficient evidence has been provided by the applicant to demonstrate that the use of the building as a public house is unviable and incapable of continuing to be used as such for the foreseeable future.

To grant planning permission in this instance would therefore be contrary to Paragraph 70 of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which seeks to guard against the unnecessary loss of valued facilities and services.

Around 50 members of the public were present at the meeting. Opinions were given both for and against granting planning permission.

Council planning officers had previously recommended that The Plough should be retained as a public house and community asset.

Read the planning application officer’s report (PDF, 1119KB)

 

What happens next?

The Save the Plough and the Sporting Heritage of Sandygate campaign group have explained what could happen next:

  1. Sainsbury’s may appeal the decision – although we hope that as a responsible company they will respect the wishes of the local community and the decision made by the local authority

  2. Enterprise Inns may leave the building empty and boarded up – however, we have already discussed with councillors the option of a compulsory purchase if the building is left in a state of disrepair

  3. Enterprise could reopen the pub as a ‘managed house’ – although we doubt they would want to spend in excess of £100,000 to bring the buildng back into use

  4. Enterprise could put the pub on the market – this would trigger a six month period during which the option of a community buy-out could be considered. Alternatively, another brewery or pub operator could come foward and buy the pub to run it is a going concern. We are aware that a number of local breweries/pub companies have expressed an interest in taking on the Plough.

    (Originally posted on crosspool.info)

Planning application for The Plough recommended for refusal

Planning officers are recommending that the convenience store planning application from Sainsbury’s is refused and that the Plough should be retained as a public house and community asset.

Read the planning application officer’s report (PDF, 1119KB)

The report goes to the Planning Committee on Tuesday 10 January.

The Save the Plough and the Sporting Heritage of Sandygate campaign group posted on Facebook: “Thanks to everyone who has supported us during a long and quite challenging community campaign.”

You’re invited for a festive drink and mince pie on Friday 23 December between 5:30pm. and 6:30pm in The Plough car park.

 

(originally posted on crosspool.info)

Mince pies and mulled wine at The Plough on Friday

The Save the Plough and the Sporting Heritage of Sandygate campaign group is inviting everyone for a festive drink on Friday 23 December between 5:30pm. and 6:30pm in The Plough car park.

 

(Originally posted on crosspool.info)

Planning application decision delay for The Plough

According to the Save the Plough campaign group, the decision on the planning application for The Plough pub will no longer be heard on 22 November.

(Originally posted on crosspool.info)

Apologies to everyone but Sainsbury’s application is not going to be considered at the Planning Committee on November 22nd. We have also been informed it might not be decided upon until the New Year. The Planning Office state the reason for the delay is a ‘high workload’ Whilst we are frustrated by this, our main concern is that the council’s planning office is continuing to talk to Sainsbury’s agents about how they can improve their application and frustrate local objections. We have today written to the Leader of the City Council expressing our concerns and calling on them to put the application to elected members as soon as possible. If local planning is part of the democratic process, decisions should be made in public not through negotiations between an unaccountable council officer and a private planning consultancy.

The Plough pub consultation deadline extended to Monday 19 September

The consultation deadline to comment on proposals for changes to The Plough pub has been extended to Monday 19 September.

After the pub closed in April, Sainsbury’s  announced plans to turn it into a convenience store.

This is the second time that the deadline for comments has been extended.

Read more about The Plough and the campaign to keep it as a pub

(Originally posted on crosspool.info)

The Plough pub consultation deadline extended to Friday 9 September

The consultation deadline to comment on proposals for changes to The Plough pub has been extended to Friday 9 September.

After the pub closed in April, Sainsbury’s  announced plans to turn it into a convenience store.

The Save the Plough group has been coordinating the campaign to keep the building as a pub and save the sporting heritage of Sandygate. The group has raised several specific concerns over the proposals and is encouraging residents to give their views.

Some residents are also in support of the the idea of a convenience store opening in place of the pub.

If you have views either way then consider making them known to Sainsbury’s, Sheffield Planning Committee by commenting on the website, our local MP and councillors:

Last year The Plough was listed as an asset of community value.

(Originally posted on crosspool.info)

Residents campaign to save The Plough pub

Crosspool residents are fighting to save The Plough pub.

After the pub closed in April, Sainsbury’s  announced plans to turn it into a convenience store.

The Save the Plough group has been coordinating the campaign to keep the building as a pub and save the sporting heritage of Sandygate. Together with local councillors, they have launched a surveyto gauge public opinion on the issue. They’re also raising money to support the campaign.

Ideas include turning the site into a multi-use community facility and a visitor centre for the world’s oldest football ground, which is opposite.

Some residents are also in support of the the idea of a convenience store opening in place of the pub. If you have views either way then consider making them known to Sainsbury’s, Sheffield Planning Committee, our local MP and your councillors:

Last year The Plough was listed as an asset of community value.

(Originally posted on crosspool.info)

Sainsbury’s announce plans for The Plough pub

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is to submit a planning application to turn The Plough pub on Sandygate Road into a convenience store.

The people running The Plough, which is opposite the oldest football ground in the world, called last orders in April.

There had been speculation over the future of the pub for many months. Regulars launched a Save the Plough Facebook campaign and it was registered as an asset of community value, with the hope that a community ownership model could be explored.

Sainsbury’s are now leasing the property from Enterprise Inns and will submit planning applications to Sheffield City Council in the coming weeks to adapt the building.

We’ll post links to them as soon as we see it on the council website.

(Originally posted on crosspool.info)

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