In conjunction with AJ Riley Architects, we have had some initial plans drawn up. We must say these are very much 'Work in progress', but they show very well some initial ideas for how the Crook Inn can be used.
Many thanks to AJ Riley Architects for this excellent start. We are all very excited by it, and can't wait for the day when we can use the building once more.
Click on the links below to download the plans in PDF format.
What has been happening to Save The Crook Inn:-
Throughout the campaign to “Save The Crook” The Tweedsmuir Community Company have had lots of publicity from the media, hundreds of volunteers helping with the wide variety of events, thousands of donations, letters of support from all over the world, received funding from the local wind farms and Scottish Borders Council.
May 2006 - The owner Inverwest Ltd Submitted an application to convert The Crook Inn into flats – doors closed November 2006
December 2006 The proposals to convert the historic inn into apartments met with much local opposition
March 2008. the plans were rejected by the councillors of Tweeddale West
Following refusal the present owner lodged an appeal with the Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA), a department of the Scottish Government.
June 2008 - Scottish Government grant “Right To Buy” status
November 2008 - an appeal hearing
February 2009 - a decision notice was issued by the DPEA which finally dismissed the appeal.
This means that planning permission has not been granted for the change of use of the historic Crook Inn to flatted accommodation. This gives scope for the inn to reopen once again.
March 2010 – Feb 2012 – Plans to develop the outbuildings and grounds were submitted by Inverwest to SBC and after several alterations to the plans – these were granted outline/conditional planning permission
The Crook Inn and grounds are still not being offered for sale and TCC cannot instigate the Right To Buy until then.
TCC continued to meet to move forward for a Big Lottery application, a feasibility study was undertaken, independent valuation and the community “Vision” was produced following a public consultation for The Crook Inn as a hub. The lottery application was turned down on the grounds that TCC did not have an agreement of sale. Negotiations continue with Inverwest Ltd to Save The Crook Inn.
March 2012 - Tweedsmuir Community Company have now signed a binding contract to enable purchase of The Crook Inn, The garden and car park. £160,000 needs to be raised by the end of 2012. If we fail - the community will lose The Right to Buy and The Crook Inn will be lost forever.
Sorries concert in Broughton Village Hall and launch of Save the Crook inn campaign
April 2012 – Campaign planning and promotion. Save The Crook Website active
May 2012 – The Crook Inn tidy up - the first chance and an amazing effort when the community to improved the appearance of The Crook Inn. Maintenance of the grounds continues throughout the summer.
June 2012 – Golden Jubilee Cream Teas. Casino Royale with Sir Sean. Lead stolen from the valley gutter and temporary repairs undertaken. Campaign at the Edinburgh Real Ale festival. Willie Wastle’s wife and family took part in Peebles Beltane street parade.
July 2012 – £1,000 award from Daily Mail for community clear up. First Newsletter produced. Campaign at Biggar Agricultural show. Quiz sheets and treasure map.
August 2012 – Raft Race from Tweedsmuir bridge to The Crook Inn and Medieval Games for all the family
September 2012 – The 4th Music Festival held for the first time in the grounds of The Crook Inn. Crook Hill race. Release of promotional video
October 2012 – Race night in Broughton Hall. Virtual Rally – pin badges for every entrant.
November 2012 – Mail drop of 30,000 fundraising brochures to local towns. The Grand Raffle drawn on 30th Nov
December 2012 - Community Needs Survey undertaken by consultancy of the Development Trusts Association of Scotland and funded by Awards for All. Donations received from Crook Inn supporters all over the world.
Goal of £160,000 reached by 31st December deadline
January 2013 – Charity status registered and secured with OSCR. Tweedsmuir Community Company (TCC) AGM. Four new directors welcomed onto TCC bringing in a wider variety of talent and experience. Pledges gathered. Permanent roof repair of valley gutter (not lead!) and ventilation improved.
February 2013 – purchase legally completed. Roof repairs continued.
March 2013 – Community Defibrillator training. Filming of a documentary. Meetings with volunteers and advisors to develop the Business Plan for the Redevelopment of The Crook Inn. Declarations of Gift Aid received.
The Tweedsmuir Community Company
Scottish Charity Number SC042714
Tweedsmuir Community Company Registered in Scotland
Company Number SC332043
Chairman: Mr. D. Davidson
Oliver House, Tweedsmuir, Biggar, ML12 6QN
Save The Crook Inn Promotional Video
An Evening of Song, Comedy and Verse
Crook Inn Vision Plan
We're often asked what are we actually going to do with the Crook Inn when we get it.
To help answer this question, here is the vision plan that was created in 2009 to answer that very question. It provides a 'vision' of what the site could become and it's full of ideas that were provided by the community.
Click on the image to download the full PDF version of the plan.