What is the Localism Act 2011?

Under the Localism Act local communities have been given new rights including the community right to bid. This allows certain groups to nominate buildings and facilities that are important to them so they are classed as ‘Assets of Community Value.’ This has the effect of allowing specific groups six months to bid for this property should the owner wish to dispose of it. It is a right to bid only and not a right to buy. 

Which buildings are affected?

This right covers both public and private buildings that are successfully nominated as an asset of community value.  

The council's role

The council's role is to receive and consider nominations for buildings to be classed as 'assets of community value'. We will keep details of this as public information, inform the owner and ensure the right is protected as a land charge.

View flowcharts of the listing and disposal process (pdf, 44Kb) 
View the criteria for assessing nominations (word, 57Kb)

Who can nominate?

Individuals are not allowed to nominate. Nominations can only be made by certain groups such as a parish council, a community organisation or a neighbourhood forum.

How is a nomination made?

To nominate an 'asset of community value' please complete and return the nomination form (Word, 127Kb). 

The Register of Assets of Community Value

The council must publish all successful and unsuccessful nominations to the register of assets of community value (pdf, 96kb).

Useful links

For further information, please visit these external webpages:

Page last updated: 
7 December 2018
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