Campaigners push to have Saffron Walden pub included on heritage list

PUBLISHED: 10:03 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 26 June 2018

The Railway Arms pub in Saffron Walden

The Railway Arms pub in Saffron Walden

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Campaigners aiming to re-open the Railway Arms pub in Saffron Walden say they are ‘pleased’ to see the building on the district council’s draft local heritage list.

The pub closed in January last year and the Save The Railway Arms Pub (STRAP) campaign was formed to save the site through a community buy-out with a view to re-opening it as a community pub.

Chairman of the campaign group, Dave Kenny said: “Uttlesford District Council has published their draft local heritage list and I’m pleased to say that the Railway Arms is included on it. The pub is included along with its outbuildings.

“If approved on the final list, its historic and/or architectural significance can be viewed as a material planning consideration in applications affecting it. This will help to ensure its significance is preserved, and where possible enhanced, as part of future development proposals.

“This is an important opportunity in our campaign to Save The Railway Arms Pub and I would urge everyone involved to show support for the inclusion of the Railway Arms on the local heritage list by making representations via the public consultation feedback form available to download before 3.30pm on July 4.

“Thank you for your continued support.”

On June 4, Mr Kenny also published an update from a shareholders meeting held on May 17 and said they may make an “active start on delivering the social benefits of a community pub for Saffron Walden”.

In his update, Mr Kenny said: “Unless Charles Wells’ plans falter soon, this will clearly have to begin elsewhere and it was suggested that we expand our relationship with Fairycroft House to build upon our ‘pop-up pub’ successes and run a regular programme of full-weekend ‘pop-up pubs’ whilst in waiting.

“Longer term it was suggested that, should Charles Wells succeed in re-opening the Railway, the society should investigate the prospect of delivering community benefits via a community micropub in the town.

“The management committee clearly has work to do in developing a plan to fulfil these aspirations, whilst maintaining our primary purpose and ensuring that we are in a position to purchase the Railway Arms should it come back on the market.”

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