The Community Right to Bid gives local communities the chance to bid to buy and take over the running of assets that are of value to them, such as a pub, a village shop, a library building or community centre. These assets could be owned by the council or other public body, a private company or an individual.
Starting the process
Community groups (a parish/town council or other local, community or voluntary organisation) are able to nominate local assets to feature on a List of Assets of Community Value that is held and published by the Council. An asset can be an area of land, a building or both. It can also be in either private or public ownership.
The Council considers whether or not the nominated asset should be listed by determining if it is used (or in the recent past has been used) to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and is likely to do so in the future. If an asset is listed and at some point in the future the owner decides to dispose of it, then a disposal process lasting up to a maximum of 18 months begins.
What to do next...
- see the guidance document which explains how the process works
- further information about the Community Right to Bid can be found on the Government's My Community Rights or the Locality web site
- Parish and town councils and other community interest groups in the district may like to consider whether there are any assets in their community that they would like to nominate to go on the local authority List of Assets of Community Value
- complete a form