Stockland Community Pub Ltd

(This page is maintained by the Stockland Community Pub Ltd. (SCPL) Management Committee)
SCPL is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 - No. 32191R.
Registered Office: Shorms, Shore Bottom, Stockland, Honiton, Devon EX14 9DQ

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Latest News May 29th 2017

Kings Arms Planning Appeals – Help us to save this historic inn

Horatio Properties have lodged Appeals against all of the Planning Proposals that were refused by EDDC in 2016.
Due to the level of public interest and the complexity of the plans, and following lobbying by local councillors, the Planning Inspector has decided that the Appeal will be conducted as a Public Hearing. The date and venue of the hearing have not yet been decided.

The Planning Inspector is still accepting written representations, and these must be received by the Inspectorate by 8th June 2017 at the latest.
SCPL urge all our supporters to write to the Inspector, stating your objections to the Appeal, and to lobby for the Public Hearing to be held in Stockland Victory Hall.

When writing to the Inspector, you should quote the reference:
‘APP/U1105/W/17/3173434 and all linked cases for the Kings Arms Inn, Stockland’.

We encourage you to make your feelings known about the proposals / appeals, in your own words. We feel it is particularly important that the Hearing is held in the Victory Hall.

Dale Ingram, who has represented dozens of pub groups at Hearings, tells us that:

- The change of use of the greater part of the Kings Arms to non-ancillary residential uses is harmful to both the use of the building as a registered Asset of Community Value and to its heritage significance as a Listed Building.
Insufficient evidence has been provided that either the change of use or the works applied for would not be harmful to the Kings Arms special interest as a listed building.

-The remaining 'stub pub' would not be viable in the short or long term as a community pub as it would have insufficient capacity for dining and events which are the mainstay of community public houses.

-The loss of the skittle alley is one of a series of recent losses in the area and other alleys are at capacity. 

- The village is not regarded by EDDC as a suitable place for new housing development.

- Marketing of the premises should take place within the 12 months leading up to the application and no evidence has been provided that the Kings Arms has been marketed adequately at a price reflecting its current use or condition.

- If possible the hearing should take place in the Stockland Victory Hall for the convenience of residents who find it difficult to travel or who have only limited time to attend. This will also make the afternoon site visit more convenient for all concerned, not least the Inspector.

You can email the Planning Inspectorate at

Alternatively, if you wish to write a letter, you must send 3 copies of it to:

The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3P Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN.

Remember the deadline for receiving your correspondence is 8th June 2017

SCPL Engage Dale Ingram as our representative during the Planning Appeal Process

We are pleased to announce that we have secured the services of Dale Ingram, Director of Planning 4 Pubs Ltd., to write our submissions to the Planning Inspectorate and to be our advocate at the Hearing. Dale has assisted scores of community pub campaign groups over the past 7 years, and is the country's only recognised expert in the field of pub heritage and planning matters.

Community Pub Wins Coveted CAMRA Pub of the Year Award

The George and Dragon pub located at Hudswell near Richmond in the North Yorkshire Dales, was recently announced as the 2017 CAMRA Pub of the Year. The pub was bought by the local community in 2008 after the locals created Hudswell Community Pub Ltd and raised funds via a community share offer. Now the pub contains a local shop and library, and also offers allotments on land opposite the pub to the local community. All this as well as impressing the fastidious CAMRA judges by serving quality real ales! This pub is a shining example of what can be achieved when a community comes together to save its local.

Like SCPL, the Hudswell group adopted the Plunkett Foundation Governance Rules as their legal framework, and were supported by Plunkett throughout their journey. SCPL remains committed to buying the Kings Arms from Horatio Properties on behalf of our own community. We will continue to press the owners of the pub to begin serious negotiations towards achieving a purchase at a realistic market price.

You can read more about the George and Dragon via these links:

SCPL Annual Returns & Accounts

Stockland Community Pub Ltd (SCPL) is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (2014). We have a set of Governance Rules sponsored by The Plunkett Foundation and lodged with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Consequently, The Management Committee is obliged to send an Annual Return to the FCA every year, and include a signed set of accounts. Our Year End is 30th September, and you can find copies of the accounts which have been sent to the FCA in the list of documents at the bottom of this page.
Any member of the public who is interested can ask to see signed copies of the accounts, and our Bank Statements by arrangement with the Secretary, Sheelagh Dawes (see below for contact details).

Useful Links

The Plunket Foundation -
Pub is the hub -
Coverdale Community pub -

Stockland Community Pub Ltd. Management Committee

Chair : Peter Maitland (01404 881237)
Vice-Chair : Damian Clay (01404 881833)
Treasurer : Andy Kippax
Secretary : Sheelagh Dawes (01404 881833)
Members : Jill Bellamy (01404 881641)
You can email us at

Additional Management Committee members can be co-opted on to the team until we are in a position to issue community shares. After this happens, at the following Annual Members Meeting, all of the 'start-up' committee members must stand down and the shareholders will elect a new committee. Committee members can stand for re-election and any other shareholder can also stand. A maximum of twelve people serve on the committee at any one time. Committee members have to sign up to a Code of Conduct document provided by Plunkett, a copy of which is available for download below.

Society Governance Rules
Stockland Community Pub Limited has now been registered by the Financial Conduct Authority as a Registered Society ('Registered Society' is a new term replacing 'Industrial and Provident Society' or IPS. This registration allows us the chance to fund the purchase by a combination of a share issue and by attracting charitable donations.
We have chosen the Plunkett Model Rules as our governance document and these have been now registered with the FCA. A copy of the Rules is available for download below. The Rules provide the legal framework for fulfilling the aims of the Society.

Please download and complete a Share Pledge Form from the documents below, and return it either by post or email to the address shown on the form.

You can also make copies of any or all of these documents for your family, friends and colleagues who may wish to become involved in our group by providing practical and/or financial support