- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 28 Sep 2018
Community right to bid
The Localism Act brought in a range of new rights for communities and neighbourhood groups. Part 5 Chapter 3 of the Localism Act, along with Assets of Community Value Regulations introduced the Community Right to Bid. The right came into force in September 2012.
The Community Right to Bid gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy community assets. This includes private as well as public assets. The right enables community groups to nominate assets that they believe are of particular value to their local area to be listed by the local authority as an asset of community value.
The local authority can permit the listing if the asset’s principal use has furthered the community’s social well-being or social interests, and is likely to do so in the future. Social interests can include cultural, sporting or recreational interests. The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) suggest that such assets can be buildings or other facilities, and might include; a village shop, a pub, a community centre, a children's centre, allotments, a library and so on. There are a number of excluded categories, set out in Schedule 1 to the Regulations, and this includes residential property.
The local authority has 8 weeks to decide whether the asset meets the definition set out in Section 88 of the Localism Act. If the owner of the asset objects to the listing, they have the right to request that the local authority reviews the decision, and if they are still not satisfied, they can request an independent tribunal.
If the owner of a listed asset decides to sell it, they must notify the local authority, and can then not proceed for 6 weeks, allowing community groups to request that they are treated as a potential bidder. If no groups make such a request, the owner can sell the asset.
If a valid request is received, the owner may not sell the property for 6 months from the date they gave the notification to the local authority, unless they sell it to the community group. They are then free to sell the asset to anyone they choose. It should be noted that this is not the same as giving the community group the first right of refusal, it simply allows the owner to sell to the community group if they choose to.
There are then no restrictions on any further sale of the asset for 18 months from the date of notification.
Sales that do not comply with the requirements are rendered void.
NB: In March 2016, Community Pubs Minister Marcus Jones announced a new support and finance programme to help people take control of their local pub for the benefit of the community. (Ref. Gov.uk New £3.6 million programme to help communities take control of their local pub, March 2016.)
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Asset of community value.
- Community infrastructure levy.
- Community right to build.
- Community rights.
- Local development order.
- Localism Act.
- National Planning Policy Framework.
- Neighbourhood development order.
- Neighbourhood planning.
- Planning permission.
- Protection of bowling greens.
- Tenant management organisation.
 External references
Featured articles and news
How to ensure UK transport infrastructure copes with severe winter weather.
Location shortlist for controversial new footbridge revealed.
Under the Party Wall Act a property owner has the legal right to do works that might otherwise constitute trespass or nuisance.
BSRIA examine the 'unpredictable' 2018 global air conditioning market.
ICE publish new report calling for new sector-wide body to help avert structural failures.
The rainbow JCB will be making a welcome return to the London Build Expo on 23 and 24 October at Olympia.
An introductory article to external works - all activities carried out to the external environment of a building project.
With the clock ticking, RIBA say that a 'no deal Brexit' will be "disastrous" for the architecture profession.
The focus is generally on the lime binder, but the aggregate is actually the most significant element.
The importance of communication, collaboration and simplicity when planning construction projects.