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SDC letter re Three Horseshoes


Wednesday, 26 June 2024




Zoe Brookman

Clerk to Knockholt Parish Council

26 Sherbourne Close

West Kingsdown


TN15 6HD

Tel No:

01732 227000

Ask for:

Margaret Carr


My Ref:

CRtB 063 – The Three Horsehoes Inn, Knockholt

Your Ref:



28 May 2024

Dear Zoe,

I am writing to inform you that on 27 May 2024 Sevenoaks District Council received a notification from the owner of The Three Horseshoes, Knockholt that they intend to sell the asset.

If any community group with a connection to the area wishes to submit an intention to bid for the asset they must do so before the expiry of the initial 6 week moratorium period on 08 July 2024. The intention to bid must be in writing; a template for this is available on our website: The intention to be bid can be submitted by email or by post.

If we receive an intention to bid the owner of the asset will be required to delay the sale until 27 November. This full moratorium period is provided for in legislation to allow community groups sufficient time to develop the plans and resources to bid on the asset on the open market.

The legislation does allow for the owner of an Asset of Community Value to sell

to any community group that submits an intention to bid prior to this date.

However, this is entirely at the owners’ discretion.

If no intentions to bid are received from community groups the owner will be

free to sell their asset at any time after 8 July 2024.

By informing Sevenoaks District Council of their intention to sell the asset, the

owners have a protected period of up to 18 months, ending on 27 October 2025,

in which they are able to sell the asset before they are obliged to submit a new

notification of their intention to sell to the Council.

The Council will arrange for a public notice to appear in the Chronicle, as required by legislation. This is scheduled for 6 June.

If you have any questions, or would like any further information about the disposal of assets of community value please visit or contact the Council on the details set out above.

Kind regards

Margaret Carr

Margaret Carr

Policy Officer

Sevenoaks District Council

Contact Information


  • 07860537760


Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 7LD


Additional Information

If you wish to make an enquiry or booking of the Village Centre Hall please contact who is the Booking Secretary.