Following the purchase of The White Lion site in September, 2018 we have been busy!
The White Lion Community Pub (Hankelow) Ltd. continues to grow as more investors join the original shareholders who collectively raised the funds to buy the site. Our new investors share the view that this is an exciting project that will not only preserve a village pub that has been around for at least 250 years but in partnership with Memory Lane Classics (MLC) will see the establishment of a novel business partnership.
The plans for the restoration of the pub are now with Cheshire East for planning approval (19/2029N). Look at the ‘News’ section for more information. If you regard our venture as worthy of support you can express your views to the Council up to 22 May. MLC’s plans are also available on that same site (19/2099N).
Our proposals tick many boxes:-
- we are restoring an “asset of community value” and a locally distinctive building, part of the historic environment of the village.
- we are helping to maintain the village as a sustainable community as distinct from simply being a collection of houses on the A529.
- we will enhance the provision of community services.
- we will help to develop rural tourism; bed and breakfast suites are included in our plans.
- we will provide employment opportunities.
- we will increase the value of residential properties in the village.
The Company is beginning to draw up recruitment plans leading to the appointment of a tenant/landlord. The pub will be run as a free house. The tenant will run the business within parameters set by the shareholders which will include :-
- the need to run a profitable pub.
- a requirement to help sustain community activities outside normal pub hours.
- to work collaboratively with MLC to maximise the mutual advantages of the joint business venture on the one site. The pub can provide hospitality to the classic car enthusiasts who will visit the car showroom.
While we await the planning outcome we are continuing to talk with consultants and contractors and we are addressing the vital task of fundraising. The pub has been closed for 3 years and requires substantial repair and improvement.
We live in exciting times!
The White Lion Community Pub Hankelow Ltd.