Assets of Community Value

The Localism Act describes an asset of community value as a building or other land in a local authority’s area, which is of community value, if in the opinion of the authority:

  • An actual current use of the building or other land, which is not an ancillary use, furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and;
  • It is realistic to think that there can continue to be non-ancillary use of the building or other land which will further (in the same or different way) the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community.


Buildings or land can also be considered as an asset of community value if:


  • In the recent past it has furthered the social wellbeing or interests of the local community and
  • It is realistic to think that within the next five years it would further the social wellbeing or interests of the local community

Examples of land which is not of community value and therefore may not be listed could be:

  • Residential properties and land connected to a residential property
  • Caravan Sites
  • Operational land as defined in section 263 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  • Hotels (although there are exceptions if its main use is not the accommodation element)

Assets can be nominated by:


  • Parish Councils – Any parish council within the borders of South Cambridgeshire may nominate an asset in their parish to the District Council. A parish may also nominate an asset in a neighbouring parish (where there is a shared boundary) or a neighbouring local authority (if the parish shares a border with an unparished area).
  • Unincorporated groups: Nominations can be accepted from any unincorporated group of at least 21 local people who appear on the electoral roll within the local authority or neighbouring local authority.
  • Neighbourhood Forums: the procedure for becoming a neighbourhood forum is set out in section 61F of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 [PDF, 2MB].
  • Community interest groups with one of the following structures:
  • A charity
  • A community interest company
  • A company limited by guarantee that is non profit distributing
  • A so called ‘registered society’ (known formerly as an ‘industrial and provident society’) that is non profit distributing.

How to nominate an Asset

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 officers who will talk you through the requirements for a nomination and the process that must be followed.

They will also arrange for the asset nomination form [PDF, 0.3MB] and other useful information to be sent to you, along with instructions for returning the completed form.

The South Cambs approach

We have produced a Guidance and Procedure [PDF, 0.9MB] document detailing our approach to the Community Right to Bid - Assets of Community Value (ACV).  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

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 the below online form. 

Intention to bid 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 [PDF].

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. [PDF, 0.2MB]

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 the Internal Reviews the Council has undertaken so far, please contact

Our Community Asset Register

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

South Cambridgeshire District Council - Asset register [XLSX, 25Kb]

South Cambridgeshire District Council - De-listed, withdrawn or refused register [XLSX, 30Kb]

Interim Moratorium

The following asset has entered the 6-week interim moratorium period ending on Thursday 21 October, 5pm.

The Hardwick Arms Hotel, 96 Ermine Way, Arrington, Nr Royston, Herts, SG8 0AH

  • 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 

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:

Related Information

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