The Royal Hunt Pub

Residents and their supporters are invited to help combat rural decline by joining the Royal Hunt Pub Community Group who plan to help make the Royal Hunt into a successful pub and restaurant.

The RHPCG have been using legislation to protect the pub from demolition. An Asset of Community Value (ACV) is a property of importance to a local community, which is subject to additional protection from development under the Localism Act 2011. The Royal Hunt Pub has been nominated as an ACV 5 times.

  • May 2015 by Winkfield Parish Council. This was successful. The Royal Hunt Pub remained on the Bracknell Forest Council ACV register until the Autumn of 2016.
  • June 2015 by CAMRA. This was rejected due to an overlap with the WPC nomination.
  • October 2017 by a North Ascot Resident. This was successful. The Royal Hunt Pub remained on the Bracknell Forest Council ACV register until March 2018.
  • June 2018 by The Royal Hunt Pub Community Group. This was rejected.
  • December 2018 by The Royal Hunt Pub Community Group. This was rejected.
Patrick Ruddy Homes have submitted 3 Planning Applications to demolish The Royal Hunt Pub.
  • 17/00672/FUL This planning application was refused on 26th March 2018 because
    • The proposed development will have an adverse impact on protected trees which make an important contribution to the landscape character and appearance of the area.
    • The occupants of the development would put extra pressure on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area and the proposal would not satisfactorily mitigate its impacts in this respect.
  • 18/00552/FUL This was refused but the owners lodged an appeal against that decision. The appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate on 14 August 2019 because the proposal would be likely to cause harm to the character and appearance of the area, with particular regard to the long term effect on protected trees, in particular a Common Oak (T7) to the north-western end.
  • 20/00001/FUL This planning application was received in January 2020. The existing tarmac within the RPA of the tree is to be retained and as such the application proposals make no changes within the RPA of the tree, excepting demolition of the existing covered smoking area.
The Royal Hunt Pub Community Group need you to submit your objections to the latest planning application to demolish the Royal Hunt Pub. The Neighbour Consultation Expiry Date is Sunday 9 February 2020. Click here to help.

Even if you do not want to make a pledge, we still welcome you to join the RHPCG. The more members we have, the better. Housing developers hope that you will get objection fatigue. Please don't let them win. We ask for your patience, your resilience and your continuing support.

This process can take a few years. For example, the Royal Oak at Hail Weston was in a similar situation in 2012. The Hail Weston Community Pub Society was formed. In January 2017 The Royal Oak was bought by a group of eight local villagers. The building has been refurbished and reopened as an independent village pub on May 19th 2017.