Taking on a Building or Open Space

Communities Right to Bid

Taking on a building or open Space- Communities Right to Bid

The Community Right to Bid, Also known as Assets of Community Value, gives local communities the ability to nominate assets to be registered as an asset of community value.

An asset of community value could be a building or piece of land that is currently or within the recent past been used for wider community benefit. It should further the social well-being or cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the local community

What does it involve?

The following organisations can make a nomination:

  • Charities
  • Community groups
  • Parish and Town Councils
  • Local Neighbourhood Forums
  • Company limited by guarantee
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Industrial and provident societies

A nomination must include:

  • The address of the property (land or building) being nominated
  • details of the owner and current occupants
  • the extent of the site and its proposed boundaries
  • why you feel it is an asset of community value
  • evidence of your eligibility to nominate

What counts as an asset of community value?

  • the use of the land or building currently, or in the recent past, furthers the social well-being or cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the local community
  • this use (as described above) of the building will continue to further the social well-being or interests of the local community
  • the use of the building or land must not be deemed 'ancillary', ie of secondary purpose. This means that the use of the land or building to further social well-being or interests of the community must be its principal use.

Who can help?

To access support and advice around community managed buildings the Rural Community Council (RCC) is available. They RCC have also been instrumental in providing support to community managed libraries with grant support from Leicestershire County Council. For more information click below:

The case studies below showcase the different ways that community buildings have been taken on and managed by communities.

How much does it cost?

Each circumstance and situation is different, and is subject to discussions with the local authority or organisation in charge of the building in the first instance.

The case studies below showcase the different ways that communities have taken on the running of community buildings.