2006 Crook Inn purchased by a developer, closed, and planning for conversion to housing commenced. Community appalled at the loss the vital historic amenity.
2007-2009 Tweedsmuir Community Company formed and run by volunteers. Planning application opposed by the community and eventually rejected on Appeal to the Scottish Government. A ‘Right to Buy’ was obtained from Scottish Government.
2009-2012 Protracted negotiations for purchase of the Crook with owner. He undertook treatment of dry rot in the Inn to stem decay.
2012 Owner agreed to sell the Inn to TCC, but not the land and buildings to the west (with planning permission for 6 houses) if £160,000 was raised by end of 2012: The amazingly energetic ‘Save the Crook’ campaign by the community was successful.
2013 Crook Inn purchase concluded. Application for TCC’s Charitable status approved. (See below for charitable aims). Application for grant from Big Lottery developed and submitted.
2014 Big Lottery grant obtained for architectural design and business plans. WTArchitecture selected after competition. Community discussion on designs.
2015 Plans for Crook Inn approved by SBC. The owner finally abandoned his hopes for new houses and agreed to sell the rest of the site to TCC. Funding for remaining land (with buildings) at the Crook Inn site obtained from Scottish Land Fund, SSE Clyde Borders Community Fund and Glenkerie Community Fund so the entire site is now community-owned by the TCC.
2016 Application for funding for complete renovation of the Crook Inn submitted to Big Lottery and Scottish Government but unsuccessful, on limited grounds. Asbestos removed from the Crook Inn.
2017 Development of proposals for phased delivery of the masterplan for the site. Tweedsmuir Community Action Plan 2017-22 prepared, led by Tweedsmuir Community Council, in which the Crook Inn development is identified a priority for Tweeddale. Crook Inn Community Hub brochure produced including ‘Community Conversations’, with interviews and photos of some community members. Renovation of the disintegrating roof of the proposed café undertaken to preserve the building for future development.
Funding for architectural designs for Crook Inn Café and Bunkhouse elements (Phase 1) obtained. WTA architecture commissioned. Detailed Cost Plan procured.
2018 WTA designs developed and submitted for planning permission in September. Application to Scottish Government for a grant under Strengthening Communities Programme approved. TCC commissioned Jura Consultants to develop Business Plans and funding application(s) for Phase 1. TCC appointed Bruce Clarke as a part-time consultant to work with the TCC Board, Jura Consultants and the community to strengthen the developments.