Assets of Community Value
The Community Right to Bid was introduced by Part 5, Chapter 3 of the Localism Act 2011. It aims to keep valued land and buildings in community use. It gives community groups the opportunity to nominate public and private land and buildings to be part of the register of ‘Assets of Community Value’ (also known as ACV’s). For further information please see our ACV Policy and Frequently Asked Questions document: ACV Policy.pdf [pdf] 369KB ACV FAQ's 2020.pdf [pdf] 150KB .
Arun District Council list of ACV’s
Find ACV’s on the online mapping system.
How do I nominate an ACV?
We strongly encourage any group who is interested in nominating an ACV to read our Frequently Asked Questions document and to read all the information contained on this page, including the links to further information. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01903 737782.
If you would like to nominate an ACV in the Arun district please use the online form.
If you are unable to use the online form please email your nomination to email@example.com or send a request to the Local Land Charges department at the address below.
What will successful listing as an ACV achieve?
Once listed as an ACV it will remain on the list for up to 5 years. In this time the owner must inform the Local Authority if they intend to enter into a relevant disposal of the property. Local community interest groups will be informed so that they can decide if they would like time to put a bid together. If this is the case, there is a total of six months from notice of disposal where they can attempt to raise the finances to bid for the asset. In this time the owner cannot dispose of the property (unless this is to a local community group).
What will successful listing as an ACV not achieve?
- Restrict in any way who the owner of a listed asset can sell their property to, or at what price
- Give a right of first refusal, the right to purchase, or ‘preferential treatment’ to a local community interest group. The asset owner will assess all bids that are submitted but they can choose to sell it to whoever they choose. It must do so within 18 months running from the date of the initial notice, known as the “protected period” (or else they will have to go through the same procedures again)
- Automatically give a community interest group a chance to bid for the property – there are many disposals that do not require notification to the Local Authority, i.e. with non-vacant possession.
- Stop the asset from closing down/ceasing business if the owner decides that the asset is no longer viable
- Force the sale of an asset
- Oblige the owner to enter in to any negotiations with a community interest group about a bid
- Prevent any change of use or impede development. Being listed as an ACV is only a material consideration when it comes to Planning Matters
What information is required for a valid nomination?
The nominating organisation must provide this evidence and any reasons to support the nomination otherwise it may not be accepted.
- Contact details for one or more people who we can liaise with regarding the nomination
- Details of the organisation/nominating body
- Type of organisation/nominating body (as defined in Section 89 of the Assets of Community Value (England) 2012)
- Evidence of eligibility to nominate such as the Constitution, Terms of Reference, Standing Orders, Trust Deed, Articles of Association, Interest Statement for Community Interest Company
- Evidence of local connection
- Location and name of nominated property/land
- Plan to scale showing boundaries edged red, such as by providing Land Registry Title Register and Title Plan (up-to-date office copies) or plan showing OS co-ordinates, road names, land marks etc. The boundaries do not have to be the same as ownership boundaries, nor does the land have to be in the same ownership.
- Current use of property/land.
- Details and evidence to clarify the use of the asset. To be listed, an asset should enhance the social wellbeing or social interest of the community. One of the following statements should apply:
(i) The current use of the asset furthers the social wellbeing or social interest of the local community, and it is realistic to think it can continue to do so.
(ii)There is a time in the recent past when an actual use of the asset furthered the social wellbeing or interests of the local community, and it is realistic to think that there is a time in the next five years it can do so again.
- Reasons for nomination should include as much evidence as possible. This can be in the form of testimonials, advertisements, lists of clubs/groups using facilities and the frequency of use, photographs, copies of web pages showing history of the property/land or its use/events. Note: this list is not exhaustive.
- Details of the owners/current occupiers and any licensed occupiers.
Please see the following links to relevant legislation and guidance:
Please see our Assets of Community Value Privacy Notice