An historic Lowick pub which had faced the threat of demolition is looking forward to a new lease of life under new owners.
The Black Bull Inn has been sold to a pub company which plans to support its new business.
Landlord Leslie Bell said: “It’s good news for the continued success of The Black Bull Inn after fears of demolition.
“There are no other immediate changes and it’s business as usual at the Black Bull Inn.”
The news has been welcomed by the local community who protested strongly against plans to demolish the pub to make way for a quartet of four-bedroom houses.
When the plans were submitted in January, consultants acting for owners B & L Properties had stated the Black Bull was ‘commercially unviable’ as a sustainable pub, restaurant and hotel business.
They said a combination of factors, including Lowick’s remote location and the building’s poor state of repair had made it difficult to sell, with just three viewings over a two year period.
But the plans were overwhelmingly opposed at an open meeting attended by more than 40 people and the application was withdrawn in February.
John Huddart, chairman of Lowick Parish Council, said: “We are delighted to hear that the The Black Bull is now in safe hands.
“Lowick has always been a community hub for the district, and the decision to retain its main pub and inn means this can continue.
“The Parish Council was concerned that a housing scheme was an inappropriate use of the site, given other similar permissions had been granted locally and never taken up. It also occupied a key site, surrounded by attractive village buildings – the Church, the Hall, and so on – which reflected Lowick’s character and history.
“We believe our role in galvanising opinion, and winning support, together with the community response in getting the Bull registered as a Community Asset, had a material effect on the decision not to proceed.
“The fact that a buyer has been found is a vindication of our assertion that the pub was commercially viable, and any move to demolish it was in nobody’s interests.”