Efforts are being made to give two York pubs extra protection from future development.
The communities who use the pubs are applying to keep them listed as Assets of Community Value.
This list, run by City of York Council, is designed to ensure that important local buildings are not sold off without their communities being given the opportunity to bid for them.
The first pub wishing to renew is the Grey Horse Inn, on Main Street, Elvington.
Owned by Punch Partnerships, which sacked a previous couple who ran the Grey Horse, the pub dates from the 17th century inn and is found opposite the village green.
Elvington Parish Council has nominated the pub to be renewed as an Asset of Community Value, and Punch has been informed.
The second pub asking for the same thing is the Royal Oak, on Main Street, Copmanthorpe.
It is owned by Unique Pub Properties Limited.
The Royal Oak has been nominated for renewal by Copmanthorpe Parish Council. A council report states: “Being situated in the heart of the village they state it has been an intrinsic part of the village for generations and it is part of the village’s history and is considered to be a central hub that is vital to the community.”
The executive member for finance and major projects is being recommended to approve both applications at a meeting next Monday (11 July).