The Community Right to Bid, introduced by the Localism Act 2011, enables qualifying community interest groups to nominate local land or buildings to be included in the local authority's list of assets of community value. When a listed asset is to be sold, community interest groups with a legal identity will have the opportunity to make a bid to buy the asset on the open market.
When does an asset qualify for nomination:
For an asset to be nominated, it will be necessary to demonstrate that its main use now, or in the recent past, contributes to the social wellbeing or cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the local community – and that this use will continue. Examples could include village shops, pubs, community centres and playing fields.
Other sources of information and advice:
- Frequently asked questions
- DCLG – Community Right to Bid: Non-statutory advice note for local authorities
- Dartford Borough Council's List of Assets of Community Value
- Dartford Borough Council's List of Unsuccessful Community Nominations
- Nomination Form
- Intention to Bid Form
Dartford Borough Council does not provide advice on the Assets of Community Value and Community Right to Bid process. Independent legal advice should be taken when considering this process.