A 450-year-old pub could be granted additional protection after a nomination to list it as an asset of community value (ACV).
The developer had proposed to build 10 houses on the land.
The Help Save the Raven Inn steering group has now lodged an application with the council to list the site, which closed as a pub last year, as an ACV.
In a statement, it said the move has been within its plans for a long time.
Members are also ‘continuing to call’ on the developer to allow the community to buy the site.
The statement added: “The ACV will help protect the Raven, help to ward off any future developers, allow us to bid for the Raven in any future sale and stipulate a six-month moratorium to allow us to raise the funds to do so when it becomes available to purchase.
“We still await news of what the developer intends to do next, we still expect a second planning application.
“We have continued our contact with the owners and remain a positive option, for them, for the future.
“We are just completing our sample survey of our community, those results will be out soon.
“It would not give too much away to say the overwhelming view, from our community, is for a community pub, owned by, run by and for the benefit of the community.
“We have been, and remain determined to do everything we possibly can, to save the Raven.”
The community right to bid initiative, introduced by the Localism Act 2011, allows communities to nominate buildings or land that are important to them for listing as an ACV.
If successful, communities are then afforded an opportunity, and the time, to bid to buy the assets in the event they are put up for sale.
An asset can be listed if it can be demonstrated that its primary use furthers, or has recently furthered, the community’s social wellbeing or social interests and is likely to continue doing so.
But nominating parties must have a local connection with the area and, therefore, the asset.
Sites in the town that have been listed as an ACV include Longbarn Bowling Green, Ring O’Bells in Lower Stretton, The Star Inn, The Sportsmans Arms in Penketh, the Chapel House Inn in Birchwood, Lloyds Bank at The Cross in Lymm and Red Lane Allotments in Stockton Heath.