Quidhampton pub nominated for community asset status

A VILLAGE pub near Salisbury is being recommended for ‘community asset’ status.

The White Horse Inn, in Lower Road, Quidhampton, has been nominated for the status, along with the car park, outbuildings and garden.

Quidhampton Parish Council has submitted the application to Wiltshire Council for the designation.

Community assets, under government rules, should be offered to registered community groups first in the event of a sale, giving them a chance to retain the asset.

The system is most often used for pubs, where a community feels the venue is under threat of sale or development which would remove the ‘community asset’, for example closing a pub.

Recommending the inn for the status, the council said: “The White Horse is the only public house in the village of Quidhampton and sited at its centre.

“It was previously registered in 2013 and 2018.

“The village has no church, no school and no shops. There is a small village hall opening on to Lower Road and a recreation ground.

“The White Horse and the village hall are the only public buildings where the community can meet together.”

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It said the pub and the garden host community events throughout the year, as well as storing the parish-owned marquee.

“The garden is the only suitable site for the village marquee,” it went on. “The pub is at the centre of the annual fireworks display and other events take place around it.

“Some village groups hold their meetings in the White Horse. Each year, a carol service and harvest festival are held in the White Horse, as well as more secular seasonal entertainment, such as the sloe gin competition.”

Wiltshire Council will now consider the recommendation and for more details, log on to and search for planning application reference ACV/2024/00002.

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