A VILLAGE pub which has been put up for sale could be ‘saved’ by the residents.

The Crown in Packhorse Lane, Marcham, has been put up for sale for £425,000.

However, a steering group in the village hopes to apply to make the pub an ‘Asset of Community Value’.

An Asset of Community Value is a building or land where its main use has recently been or is presently used to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future.

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If approved by Vale of White Horse District Council, the planning authority, the pub would be on the asset list for five years, protecting it from being sold, changed or built on.

An open meeting is being held at the Marcham Centre on Friday, January 20 at 7pm to discuss the application.

The pub is also listed on the Marcham Parish Council agenda for its meeting on Monday, January 9 at the village hall.

During the meeting, councillors will consider a request that the parish council would be the applicant for the Asset of Community Value registration.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage.

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