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Bid for Assets of Community Value

What is the Community Right to Bid for Assets of Community Value?

The Community Right to Bid for Assets of Community Value allows voluntary and community organisations to nominate an asset which they consider has benefits for social well-being and social interests.

If the owner of a listed asset wants to sell, they must contact the council, who in turn will notify the nominating community group. The community then has an opportunity to bid for the property/land within the first six months of the property going on sale.

The right came into force on the 21 September 2012 under the Localism Act 2011 and will give community and voluntary bodies the opportunity to nominate, bid and take over the running of assets that are considered of value to the local community.

What is an Asset of Community Value?

An asset must be a building or land. A building or land is of community value if the local authority decides that:

  • the current (non-ancillary) use of the building furthers the social well-being or social interests of the local community,


  • it is realistic to think that there can continue to be non-ancillary use that will further the social well-being or social interests of the local community.

What should a nomination include?

A community nomination must include:

  • A description of the land and proposed boundaries
  • Details of the current occupants and anyone holding a freehold or leasehold estate in the land
  • Reasons why the land is of community value
  • Evidence that the nominator is eligible under the Act

Please use the Community Nomination form when nominating a building or land and return by:

email to stevelittler@sthelens.gov.uk or alternatively by post to:

Steve Littler
Estates & Asset Manager
Wesley House
Corporation Street
St Helens
WA10 1HF

You can view and download full regulations at The Assets of Community Value Regulations 2012 website (external link).

St. Helens Council’s List of Assets of Community Value

The list in 'Related Documents' below includes all successful assets nominated by groups as an asset of community value.