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Legislation was introduced in May 2015 which removed Permitted Development Rights from pubs nominated as ACVs, community groups have spent countless hours fighting tooth and nail to ensure their locals are registered, and are therefore subjected to the regular planning application process. Without being registered, pubs can be demolished or converted overnight without public consultation. In West Cumbria we have two premises listed.

The Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite Village

The Swan Inn, Cockermouth

UPDATE: As of 23 May 2017 all pubs in England are fully protected in Planning Law making a full planning application and community consultation necessary before they can be demolished or converted. This followed a successful campaign lead by CAMRA members that highlighted the need for Government to act to protect community pubs. Listing as an ACV will continue to benefit premises as an indication of the community support for such premises in the event of any significant change planning applications.


In order to secure their local pubs, communities have collectively purchased premises that might have potentially closed and been lost. In West Cumbria we have a single premises which is community owned and operated.

The Punchbowl Inn, Great Broughton


This page updated 28 March 2017.

This page updated 20 February 2019.