Assets of Community Value

What is an Asset of Community Value (ACV)?

A building or other land is an asset of community value if its main use has recently been, or is presently used, to further the social well-being or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future. 


The Community Right to Bid allows communities and parish councils to nominate buildings or land for listing by the local authority as an Asset of Community Value. 

An asset can be listed if its principal use furthers (or has recently furthered) their community’s social well-being or social interests (which include cultural, sporting or recreational interests) and is likely to do so in the future.

The list is managed by the local authority and we are required to keep and maintain a register of successful and unsuccessful nominations.

When a listed asset comes to be sold, a moratorium on the sale (of up to six months) may be invoked, providing local community groups with a better chance to raise finance, develop a business plan and to make a bid to buy the asset on the open market. 

Please see the Council's Corporate Plan for details of the objectives we aim to fulfil in deciding whether to list a nominated asset. 


The South Cambs approach

We have produced a protocol detailing the SCDC approach to the Community Right to Bid - Assets of Community Value.  This includes sections about:

  • who can nominate
  • what qualifies as an ACV
  • the asset register
  • relevant disposal
  • moratorium ("window of opportunity")
  • receiving and assessing a nomination for an ACV
  • listing review
  • compensation
  • enforcement 

How do I make a nomination?

A community wishing to nominate an asset of community value for the register must first contact or call 01954 713070 and ask for a call back from one of our patch-based Development Officers.

They will talk you through the requirements for a nomination and the process that must be followed. They will also arrange for the nomination form and other useful information to be sent to you, along with instructions for returning the completed form. 

Intention to Bid Form

A community wishing to make a bid for an asset that has come up for sale should notify the Council in writing using this form. 

New Planning Rules for ACV listed pubs

New rules surrounding the conversion of pubs to other uses came into force on 6 April 2015 and these are detailed in the ACV protocol.

Please visit the planning portal to the Town and Country Planning Use Class for further guidance. 

Decisions and appeals

Owners of listed assets can ask the Council to review the inclusion of an asset on the list. This is called an Internal Review and the procedure for this can be viewed here.

If this review upholds the listing, an appeal to an independent body, called a First Tier Tribunal can be pursued by the Owner.

For details of any of the Internal Reviews the Council has undertaken so far, please contact

Our Community Asset Register

The tables below show details of assets nominated, decisions reached, decisions under review and open moratoria. 

South Cambs District Council - Asset register

South Cambs District Council - De-listed, withdrawn or refused register

  • Nurseries and schools, health centres, surgeries and hospitals, day care centres
  • Parks and open green spaces, sports and leisure centres, libraries/theatres/museums or heritage sites 
  • Community centres, youth centres, public toilets 
  • Village shops and pubs - which also provide an important local social benefit which would no longer be easily available if that service should cease 

The following moratoria and protected periods apply. 

For further details about any of the following ACVs, please see the ACV protocol on this page or contact

  • Dry Drayton - The Black Horse public house has entered the protected period, ending on 6 September 2018.  Until this date, the owner may sell on the open market and no further moratoria may apply. 
  • Harston - The Pemberton Arms has been removed from the asset register following a relevant disposal in the protected period. As a class A4 Drinking Establishment, the owner's permitted development rights in respect of this property are removed until 04 December 2020.

For further details please see the ACV Protocol on this page or contact

Resources and Support

More than a pub

The Community Pub Business Support Programme is a two-year programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England. Its value is £3.62 million and is jointly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Power to Change. 

Led by the Plunkett Foundation, and delivered in collaboration with Co-operative & Community Finance, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), Co-operative Mutual Solutions, Pub is the Hub and Locality, this programme will offer the community pub sector access to an end-to-end support programme including capacity building and a finance package made up of loans and grants.

News and Events

From time to time we run Community Pubs events to provide information and updates on:

  • the changes in legislation affecting pubs listed as Assets of Community Value
  • the help that the council can give through reductions in business rates
  • free broadband connection vouchers for pub businesses
  • how to utilise social media to market your pub.

Visit the following links for further information about:

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