Community Right to Bid (Assets of Community Value)
The Community Right to Bid gives community organisations
the chance to bid, and if successful purchase and take over
the running of assets that are of value to the local
Voluntary and community organisations can nominate both
privately and publicly owned assets to be included on a list of
assets of community value. This list is managed by the
council. When a landowner wants to sell such a property, they
must tell the council. If a community group wants to buy the asset,
they can trigger a 6 month moratorium period from the date the
property is placed on the market to give them a chance to prepare a
bid for it. Community groups will need to confirm to the Council
their wish to make a bid within 6 weeks of the property owner
putting the property on the market. During this period, the owner
cannot sell their property on the open market. This gives community
groups an increased chance to save much loved shops, pubs or other
local facilities by developing a proposal and raising the required
At the end of the 6-month period, the owner is free to sell the
asset to whoever they wish and at any price.
Who can nominate an asset of community
The Council can only consider nominations from
certain organisations. These are:
- Parish and Town Councils;
- Unincorporated bodies – with at least 21 individual members who
appear on the
Borough Council’s electoral roll;
- Neighbourhood forums – as described in the Town and Country
- The following categories of Community Interest Groups (with a
- A charity
- A community interest company
- A company limited by guarantee that is non-profit distributing
(In this context non-profit distributing means that any surplus is
not distributed to its members but is wholly or partly applied to
the Bedford Borough Council area or to a neighbouring local
- An industrial and provident society that is non-profit
The groups listed will need to demonstrate a local connection
such as their activities are wholly, or partly, concerned with the
Borough Council’s area or with a neighbouring local authority
See the guidance notes below for a full list of
How to nominate an asset of community
A nomination has to include certain
information. To ensure that you comply with the requirements,
please use the Assets of
Community Value nomination form (excel doc, 81 KB - opens new
The nomination must include:
- the address of the property
- 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.
- an explanation of how the community organisation will viably
acquire and manage the asset, including bringing the asset back
into the desired community use if it has recently closed or ceased
to function in that way
- evidence of your eligibility to nominate, as outlined above
Send completed nomination forms to: email@example.com or
Community Right to Bid, Property Services, Borough Hall, Cauldwell
Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
What counts as an ‘asset of community
A building or piece of land is deemed to have
community value if:
- the use of the building or land 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 or land will
continue to further the social well-being or interests of the local
- 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.
What happens following nomination?
have received the completed nomination form, we will check the
technical issues such as the eligibility of the nomination and the
organisation making the nomination, completeness of the information
supplied, and that the asset is not in an excluded category. The
council has to decide whether or not to list the asset, within
eight weeks following the nomination submission.
Decisions as to whether the nominated assets are of community value
will be made by a specially convened officer group.
Assets that are considered to be of community value will then be
added to the ‘List of Assets of Community Value’. Assets will
remain on the list for five years and a land charge will be
registered against the property. When the five years have expired,
an eligible community organisation can submit a new
The council will take all practicable steps to notify the owner and
lawful occupants that it is considering listing the property. We
will also notify these people of the outcome of the
The organisation which originally nominated the asset will be
notified of the outcome, together with reasons if the application
is unsuccessful. They will also be notified if the asset is
subsequently removed from the list, following a review of the
If the nominated asset is not considered to be an asset of
community value, or if the nomination was ineligible, we will
provide an explanation as to why it was unsuccessful to the
organisation which made the nomination. In such circumstances, the
property will be added to the list of ‘List of unsuccessful
applications, assets of community value’ and will remain on the
list for five years.
If we decide to list a property, the property
owner can ask for a review and this will be determined by an
Officer of appropriate seniority who did not take part in the
decision to list. There are rights of appeal in the event
that the original decision is not changed as a result of the review
. Nominators are not able to ask for a review or appeal
regarding the decision made in respect of their
List of assets of community value
Viewing the lists
Nominated assets will
been included on one of the two lists below:
Assets of Community Value
unsuccessful applications - Assets of Community value
What happens when an asset is listed?
owner of the property must advise us when they intend to sell the
property and we will publicise this on our website and we will
inform the nominator. If no community interest group notifies the
council within six weeks that it wishes to bid, the owner is free
to sell their property as they see fit.
If an eligible community interest group notifies the council within
six weeks that it wishes to bid for the property, it will have up
to six months in which to prepare its case.
Bids by community interest groups
Who can bid?
Only community interest groups
that meet the Government's criteria can bid; not all groups that
are eligible to nominate are also eligible to bid.
Community interest groups should have a local connection with the
asset and be one or more of the following: a parish council, a
registered charity, a community interest company, a company limited
by guarantee or an industrial and provident society.
Full details of the eligibility criteria can be found in our
notes for voluntary and community groups interested in nominating
assets of community value (pdf, 56 KB)(opens new window)
and in the Act and the Regulations.
If more than one community interest group is interested in
purchasing the property, we would encourage the groups to work
How do community groups bid?
Within six weeks
from the council notifying the community that an owner wishes to
sell their listed property, an eligible community interest group
would need to let the council know in writing that it wishes to
bid. This then opens a six month period (from the day the owner
notified the council) in which to prepare a bid; this is known as
the moratorium period.
The council will acknowledge the request to bid and will notify the
owner that the moratorium has been triggered.
The status of the listed asset on the list will be changed to
reflect that it is for sale and that the moratorium has been
Funded by the Department
for Communities, Locality is a leading network for community-led
organisations, bringing together all strands of the partner
organisations involved in the Community Rights support service.
They have created a web site called My Community Rights.
Community Right to Bid (Link to
website:My Community Rights - opens new window).
Tel: 01234 276895
and Local Government: A plain English guide to the Localism Act
(link to PDF, 306KB - opens new window)
Act 2011 - (opens new window)
Bedford Borough Council Key Plans and
Strategies (link to page - opens new window)