A LOCAL community group which has spent months fighting to save a pub in its village may have had a breakthrough as the owners have now agreed, with some conditions, to sell the pub to the community.

The Friends of the Prince of Wales, Newtown St Martin Inn community group has announced that it will be able to go out with a share offer, previously reported as being worth £440,000, in the next month.

The attempts to save the pub by the community group have not always been smooth sailing, with the owners initially withdrawing from the sale process after it suffered what it described as an “adversarial approach” as well as untrue comments on social media.

However, the deal is now seemingly back on and the group say they will be keeping people updated on their progress.

The community group, who have previously said they were in a good position to raise the money required, have asked that people interested in buying share in the pub should contact them through their website: www.friendsoftheprinceofwales.org or join the Friends of The Prince of Wales, Newtown St Martin group on Facebook.

The current owners of the pub had previously applied for planning permission to build two bungalows in what is currently the pub’s car park, as well as an application for a change of use into a dwelling.

However, St Martin-in-Meneage Parish Council recommended for refusal all three applications, Indicating they would be open to a new submission should the dwellings be located beyond the original footprint of the pub.