Communities and safety

Community Right to Bid

The Community Right to Bid aims to keep valued land and buildings such as your local pub, shop, library or football ground in community use.

It is important to nominate land and buildings to be part of a register of ‘assets of community value’. If something on this register is offered for sale, you then have up to six months to prepare a bid to buy it, if and when they come onto the market.

Once an asset has been listed nothing further will happen unless the owner decides to dispose of it.

This list is managed by the local authority and we are required to maintain a register of nominated and unsuccessful nominations.

What happens if the owner decides to sell a listed asset?

If the owner decides to sell the asset, the council will advertise it to the community to find out if there is local interest in bidding for the asset.  

If there is community interest the owner will not be allowed to sell for up to 6 months to allow for the community to develop a business plan and secure funding to purchase the asset at market value.

After 6 months the owner can sell to whomever they choose.

Who can nominate an asset to be listed?

  • Parish councils or neighbouring parish councils.
  • Unincorporated groups with a membership of 21 local people.
  • Neighbourhood forums as defined within the Localism Act 2011.
  • Community interest groups with a local connection that are:
    • A charity
    • A Community Interest Company
    • A company limited by guarantee
    • A non-profit distributing industrial and provident society.

How to nominate an asset

If you meet the criteria above please download and complete the application form

The form will need to be completed for each asset that you want to nominate for listing.

If you wish to discuss your proposal further please contact Gill Johnson, Community Services, on 07872 466 908 or email