The presently closed Hook and Hatchet Public House in Hucking has been designated as a community asset which means that the owners cannot sell it for six months while the community tries to raise the £540,000 including VAT that has been requested by the Faversham based brewers, Shepherd Neame who own the property. UPDATE- As Shepherd Neame have not received a formal bid from local residents or by a CIC by 24th September the property is to be put on the open market.
The Public House which has two bedroomed accomodation is next to the Hucking Estate of the Woodland Trust and attracts many walkers and horse riders as well as the residents of the scattered hamlet of Hucking on top of the North Downs. Apart from Saint Margaret’s Church, the public house is the only public building in the area. The property comes with a large garden as well as big car park as well as land that could be used as a campsite. If the purchase is successful it is possible that the Hook and Hatchet could reopen as both a public house and as a village shop.
As Hucking does not have a Parish Council the application to Maidstone Borough Council was supported by Hollingbourne Parish Council and local MBC Councillor Daphne Parvin.
An extract from the letter to the Chairman of Hollingbourne Parish Council from Maidstone Borough Council that confirms the new status of the Hook and Hatchet appears below:-
Via email to: M.Bedwell257@btinternet.com
20th March 2015
Dear Mr Bedwell,
Hook & Hatchet – Hucking
Further to our letter to you of 26th January 2015, we are writing to you as Chairman of Hollingbourne Parish Council in relation to the above property to advise you that it has been successfully nominated for inclusion on the Council’s List of Assets of Community Value.
We have therefore added the above property to the list published on the Council’s web-site at www.maidstone.gov.uk/communityrighttobid and have entered its listing on the local land charges register, and have applied for a restriction on the Land Register.
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Miss L J Cook
Maidstone Borough Council
Cc Councillor Steve McLoughlin
Councillor Annabelle Blackmore
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