Decision details

Assets of Community Value (Ickleton Lion)

Decision Maker: Communications and Communities Service Manager

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The purpose of this decision is to decide whether the land/building should be included as an asset of community value (“ACV”) on the Council’s register of ACVs.


On 28 May 2024 a nomination was received from Ickleton Parish Council in respect of The Ickleton Lion, 9 Abbey Street, Ickleton, CB10 1SS. This is a re-nomination of an asset that is due to be removed from the list on 10 July 2024 in accordance with the legislation following expiry of the listing.


Following consideration of the nomination, Notice of Nomination was sent to Cllr Peter McDonald (for the district Ward of Duxford), to the Parish Council acknowledging their nomination and to the owners. The nomination was publicised through the weekly bulletin and the Lead Member for Communities was notified.


Officers have considered the nomination along with the feedback received following issue of Notices of Nomination and are satisfied that the non-ancillary use of the asset as detailed in the nomination form and accompanying map did further the social well-being or cultural recreational or sporting interests of the local Community in the recent past.  It is also considered realistic to think that there is a time in the next five years when there could be non-ancillary use of the asset that would further (whether or not in the same way as before) the social well-being or social interests of the local community, Therefore, it can be accepted, in accordance with Section 88 (2) of the Localism Act 2011.

Reasons for the decision:

The Ickleton Lion is a public house including living accommodation, that closed for business on 1st July 2023. Since then, the owner actively marketed the pub seeking a tenant landlord. In March 2024 the Council were informed of their intention to dispose of the pub and Ickleton Parish Council expressed an intention to bid for the asset. The pub is currently within the Full Moratorium period which is due to expire 25/09/24.


Prior to closure, the pub was the heart of the community, dating back to around 1728. The restaurant was well used by local residents and visitors for family occasions as well as normal dining out. A takeaway menu was also available. Public and private celebrations were hosted in the pub and its garden, and it also served as a venue for organisations from nearby villages that do not have a pub.


The pub was central to village sporting activities with its position adjacent to the village Recreation field, with its football pitches and Jubilee Oval cricket ground. The pub car park is used by the local community to access the village Recreation Field and Village Hall on foot and has been so used for very many years. This made the pub a perfect venue for post-match celebrations or commiserations, and for hosting visiting teams. The landlord was also the president of the village football and cricket clubs and was involved in golfing activities.

Sports clubs held their committee meetings in the pub, as did other village organisations such as the allotment society. Pub quiz nights, live music events (including open mic sessions) and major sporting events hosted on a large screen tv were also held regularly. The pub was also a focal point for charitable events such as cycle rides and hog roasts which raised money for village sports activities and charitable causes.


A Community Benefit Society is being formed to raise funds and bid for grants to hopefully make a successful offer of purchase to the owner. A questionnaire has been distributed to all households (also available online) to establish level of community support for a community pub. To date returned questionnaires show overwhelming support for pub that provides community-oriented activities. A change of use would be strongly opposed. It meets the description of an asset of community value.

Alternative options considered:

The options are:

(a) To accept the nomination and place the asset on the register of assets of community value,

(b) To refuse the nomination and place the asset on the register of unsuccessful nominations.

Publication date: 03/07/2024

Date of decision: 03/07/2024

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