University Arms joins roll call of pub assets

The University Arms public house, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 23rd October 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
The University Arms public house, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 23rd October 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
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The University Arms has become the latest Sheffield pub to be listed as an ‘asset of community value’ - just months after a previous application was turned down.

The pub on Western Bank has joined the likes of the Three Tuns, the Sheffield Tap and The Plough at Sandygate in gaining the status, which means it cannot be knocked down or converted without planning permission.

And if it is put on the market, a six-month moratorium is triggered, giving supporters a chance to put together a purchase bid.

In its decision - which comes during Sheffield Beer Week, which runs until Sunday - the council said it had given careful thought as to where the University Arms’ ‘community’ lay.

But officers decided it was ‘clear the property was a focal point or hub for those local communities making regular use of the property for their meetings’.

They warned against approving applications for ‘any venue where food and drink was consumed by customers in a welcoming environment’.

“Such a low bar would make it difficult to decide what should not be an ACV, and could be considered to devalue the ACV status.”

The university, which owns the building, opposed the application, lodged by the Sheffield branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The university is creating another pub on the campus, at the former Henderson’s Relish factory on Leavygreave Road.

Dave Pickersgill, Sheffield CAMRA’s pub heritage officer, said the group was ‘very pleased’. “This is clear recognition of the pub’s iconic status among the university, Sheffield residents and wider afield. We look forward to this public house continuing to act as an inclusive and welcoming base for many years to come.”