Localism

Community Right to Bid

The Community Right to Bid provisions came into force on 21 September 2012.

The provisions give local community groups such as parish councils, charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises a right to nominate a building or other land for listing by Central Bedfordshire Council as an asset of community value.

When a listed asset is to be sold, incorporated local community groups will have a chance to make a bid and buy it on the open market.

You can see the current lists for Central Bedfordshire Council below:

We’ve also produced some guidance (PDF 232.9KB) to help you:

How do we nominate an asset of community value?

Nominate online

You can complete a simple online nomination form (link opens in new window). To help you, there are notes on completing the nomination form linked to this form.

Nominate by email / post

You can download and print a nomination form (PDF 175.9KB) . To help you, there are notes on completing the nomination form at the end of the form.

Send the completed form along with supporting documentation to:

The Partnerships and Community Engagement Team
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Beds SG17 5TQ

You can also scan and email your completed form along with supporting documentation to partnerships.communityengagementteam@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

Our Community Right to Bid for Assets of Community Value Guidance (PDF 232.9KB) will also give you some helpful hints and tips.

We have also developed a simple Community Right to Bid leaflet (PDF 498KB) to help you through the process.

More information:

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

Plain English Guide to the Localism Act 'You've got the power' (link opens in new window)
My Community Rights website (link opens in new window)
Our compensation process (PDF 167.2KB)

Celebrate your building

Have you listed an asset of community value in your local area? Are you the proud owner of a listed asset? Do you know or use one of these buildings?

If so, you can now apply for an ACV Certificate to celebrate your building.

Email community.assets@communities.gsi.gov.uk for more details about getting a personalised certificate for you to print out and display to let everyone know how much the place is valued by local people.

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