Updates

June 2024: Three processes have been initiated to try and get the use of The New Clarence building changed from pub to residential:

1. An appeal against its status as an asset of community value.

2. An appeal of the councils decision to refuse it becoming a 30 bedroom HMO.

3. A new planning application in for the 1st and 2nd floors to be a 20 bedroom HMO.

The outcome of these processes should be known over the summer.   Our offer to buy the pub to keep it 100% pub remains on the table.

April 2024:   We have hit our fundraising goal including £156k of shares sold and a £300k grant from the Community Ownership Fund.   We have offered the owners what they asked for it.   They have declined the offer but it remains on the table.

February 2024: Our share issue is live.  Supporters of The New Clarence and members of the public can buy shares starting at £100.

January 2024:  The Hull Community Pub Society limited has been established.   It is a community benefit society registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.   The purpose of the Society is to Save the New Clarence and establish Hull's first community owned and run pub.   We are a not for profit society, any profits we make will be reinvested in the pub or other community activities.  

We will be launching a share issue in February 2024 so that our supporters can become members of the Society and help us to raise funds to buy the pub back.   We are also making grant applications.   Watch this space...

October 2023: The owners of The New Clarence have told the council that they intend to dispose of it (sell it or give it away).  This means that the asset of community value moratorium period has been initiated and we have 6 months to organise and raise money in order to make them a bid.

September 2023:  On 6 September the councils Planning Committee refused an application for The New Clarence to change from being a pub to being a 30 bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO).   So long as the use class stays being pub there remains a possibility of it reopening.

A week after the planning meeting the owners offered to sell the building to the community.  We said that we would buy it.

August 2023:  The council has designated The New Clarence as being an Asset of Community Value (ACV).   This means that if the owners decide to sell it they must first give the community 6 months to raise money and make them an offer.

July 2023:  The New Clarence sadly closed its doors on 30 June.   A group of former regulars has formed a group called 'Save the New Clarence' and is research ways in which we can get the pub reopened.

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