Once-saved village pub at risk due to home plan approval
A community-led campaign once prevented the closure of the Three Lions pub in Meden Vale by securing its designation as an “asset of community value” in 2021.
This designation provided community groups with a six-month window to gather funding and submit a bid on the market with the intention of using the building for communal purposes.
No such bid was submitted for the pub, which has been empty since January of the previous year and is characterised as being in a state of disrepair according to the local community.
The agreement to list the property for a community bid officially concluded in March 2022. Subsequently, developers submitted revised housing plans for the pub in May of the same year.
Mansfield District Council cited the pub as “no longer viable” in their decision.
Shape Land and Property initially proposed the demolition of the pub and the construction of 41 affordable rental and rent-to-buy homes. These homes would comprise 28 one-bedroom apartments, one two-bedroom bungalow, and seven two-bedroom and five three-bedroom houses.
During the planning consultation, six objections were raised, primarily focused on the loss of the pub and its implications for the village. Concerns included the safety of the nearby school due to traffic and visibility issues at a pedestrian crossing close to the site.