Community Rights is about giving more decision making powers to individuals, communities and councils. 

Community Rights cover a wide range of issues related to local public services, with a particular focus on the general power of competence, community rights, neighbourhood planning and housing.

For more information visit the website locality - my community.

Community Right to Bid

Community Right places a duty upon us to maintain a list of assets (land and buildings) in our area that are of community value. These are nominated by the local community and include unsuccessful nominations.

You can download a copy of the Icon for pdf Community Right to Bid - List of Assets [103.6KB] and the Icon for pdf Community Right to bid process [28.71KB].

If any assets of community value come up for sale, the local community will be given 6 months to prepare a bid to buy the asset. The right to list does not apply to residential property.

Community Right to Bid is aimed at levelling the playing field by giving communities more time to prepare a bid for key assets that are for sale on the open market. It does not restrict in any way who the owner of a listed asset can sell to, or at what price, and it does not confer a right of first refusal to community interest groups.

What is an asset of community value?

Building or other land should be considered an asset of community value if:

  • It is at least partly within the local authority area
  • It's actual current use furthers the social wellbeing and interests of the local community, or a use in the past has done so
  • That use is not an ancillary one
  • For land in current use it is realistic to think that there will continue to be a use which furthers social well being and interests, or for land in community use in the recent past to think that there will be community use within the next 5 years
  • It does not fall within one of the exemptions listed in the Regulations. These are listed in the Asset of Community Value Regulations (see related links)

Who can nominate?

The following voluntary and community organisations with a local connection can nominate an asset for inclusion on the list:

  • Neighbourhood forums
  • Parish councils
  • Unincorporated bodies of 21 named members
  • A charity
  • Company limited by guarantee
  • Industrial or provident society
  • Community interest company

How to nominate

You can nominate by completing our online nomination form.

Community right to bid nomination form

Grants and support

Funding and support is available to help local people take control of land and buildings, local services, neighbourhood planning and the local economy.

Grants and support are currently available for:

Supporting notes for Community Right to Bid nominations

We would strongly encourage any group who is interested in nominating an asset to engage in a pre-nomination discussion by contacting or ringing 01772 906453.

We will not normally enter into correspondence with local groups making a nomination.

We will determine the outcome of any submission based upon the evidence provided to us.  However, we may, at our own discretion, seek clarification if certain matters need clarification. 

Any group considering making a nomination should therefore ensure that it complies in full with the requirements of the nomination process before it is submitted to us.

What is the definition of an asset of community value?

A building or land is deemed to be of community value if, in the opinion of the council:

  • The current main use of the building or land furthers the social interests or social wellbeing of the local community, and it is realistic to think that there can continue to be a main use of the building or land which will further the social interests or social wellbeing of the local community, although not necessarily in the same way, or;
  • The main use of the building or land in the recent past furthered the social interests or social wellbeing of the local community and it is realistic to think that within five years the building or land can be brought back into use that furthers the social interest or wellbeing of the local community, whether or not in the same way as before.

But what does social interest and social wellbeing mean?

Social interests include (a) cultural interests; (b) recreational interests; (c) sporting interests.

Wellbeing is the things that people value in their life that contributes to them reaching their potential (economic, social or environmental).

Is it realistic to think that there can continue to be a main use of the building or land which will further the social interests or social wellbeing of the community?

We will need to determine whether or not there is a realistic prospect of continued use of the asset to be nominated.

Whilst there is not an expectation that any group provide a fully costed business plan, nominations will be expected to demonstrate how the asset would be purchased, funded, and managed. This might therefore include: 

  • Evidence of what the expected purchase price/cost of long term lease of the asset is and that specific funding sources have been identified which are capable of meeting these costs.
  • Details of what consideration that has been given to the potential running costs of the asset.  Again, this does not have to be exact, but any information that is provided must be able to demonstrate the amount that would need to be budgeted for on an annual/monthly basis to keep the asset open/operational and to provide the services/activities that you hope to provide.
  • An indication as to how these running costs would be funded on an ongoing basis, eg, would this be from grant funding or income?
  • Details of the type of activities to be provided by the asset.