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Community Right to Bid

How to nominate a local asset as a 'Asset of Community Value'.

The Community Right to Bid allows communities, town and parish councils to nominate buildings or land for listing (protection) as an asset of community value. 

This means that if it ever goes up for sale, you can 'stop the clock' for up to 6 months - giving you the opportunity to get together with your neighbours and raise the finances to bid to buy it. 

For an asset to be listed it will need to be clearly shown that its main use (either now or in the recent past) contributes to the social well-being, cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the local community, and that this use will continue. Examples could include village shops, pubs that have community use, community centres, libraries and playing fields.

Once an asset is listed as an Asset of Community Value, it will place restrictions on the owner if they decide to sell it. 

Assets can be nominated by a voluntary or community body, which is one of the following:

  • A neighbourhood forum, parish council, charity or a community interest company. (Group A)
  • An unincorporated body with at least 21 individual members registered to vote locally, a company limited by guarantee or an industrial and provident society. The body must have a local connection. This means its activities must be wholly or partly concerned with the administrative area of Fenland District Council. It must also not distribute any surplus it makes to its members. (Group B)

If you would like to nominate an Asset of Community Value, please complete the pdf icon nomination form [111kb] and email it to communityrighttobid@fenland.gov.uk