Assets of Community Value

The SCDC Community Asset Register
This table shows details of assets nominated, decisions reached, decisions under review and open moratoria

PDF iconscdc_asset_listing_table_20_04_2017.pdf

What is the Community Right to Bid?
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. 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.

Black and White Facts about Grey Areas
Watch our FileVideo explaning Assets of Community Value: what qualifies and how the process works and our new Filevideo explaining Assets of Community Value in a bit more detail.

What is an Asset of Community Value?
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 wellbeing or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future.  Examples could include:

  • Nurseries and schools, health centres, surgeries and hospitals, day care centres, residential care homes 
  • 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 Council has 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

The acv protocol jan 2016 can be downloaded here.

Asset Nomination Form
A community wishing to nominate an asset of community value for the register should notify the Council using this form: Asset Nomination Form Jan 2016

Intention to Bid Form
A community wishing to be treated as a bidder for an asset that has come up for sale should notify the Council in writing using this form:  Microsoft Office document iconIntention 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. These are detailed in the ACV protocol on this page. Please also see the following link to the Town and Country Planning Use Class guidance: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/changeofuse

News & 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:

Decisions and appeals
Owners of listed assets can ask the Council to review the inclusion of an asset on the list. The Listing Review process can be viewed here:
CRtB Internal Review Procedure [PDF, 510kB]  If this review upholds the listing an appeal to an independent body, called a First Tier Tribunal can be pursued by the Owner.  

Resources and Support
Locality is the DCLG's advice and guidance arm in relation to the Localism Act.  Their website details the funding and support available to communities wanting to take forward any of the new communities rights: http://locality.org.uk/ 
Another useful website is: http://mycommunity.org.uk/ where there is information and case studies pertaining to Community Rights.

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  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. See https://www.plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub 

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund can offer tailored support and funding of up to £20,000 to groups who want to progress their ideas for a community business such as plans to utilise an Asset of Community Value. For more information about this £1.85 million fund, see http://www.thepowertochange.org.uk/funding/grants/community-business-bright-ideas/

Decisions under review and open moratoria 
The following moratoria and protected periods apply:

  • Dry Drayton - The Black Horse, Dry Drayton is a registered ACV. The council has received notice of the owner's intention to sell. The Council subsequently received notification that the community would like to be treated as a bidder. As a result the asset entered the full moratorium period of 6 months ending midnight 06 September 2017.  For further details please see the ACV protocol on this page or contact duty.communities@scambs.gov.uk
  • Gamlingay - The Wheatsheaf Public House is registered as an ACV. The council has received notice of the owner's intention to sell. As a result the asset entered the interim moratorium period of 6 weeks ending midnight 26 January 2017.  Expressions of interest in being treated as a bidder should be received in writing by the council by this date on the pro forma to be found on this page. For further details please see the ACV protocol on this page or contact duty.communities@scambs.gov.uk
  • Hildersham - The Pear Tree, Hildersham is a registered ACV.  The council received notice of the owner's intention to sell on 17 October 2016. As a result the asset entered the interim moratorium period of 6 weeks, which has now been extended to the full moratorium period, ending midnight 16 April 2017, following the council receiving an expression of interest to be treated as a bidder from Hildersham Parish Council. For further details please see the ACV protocol on this page or contact Partnerships@scambs.gov.uk 
  • Fen Ditton - The Council has received an 'expression of interest to be treated as a bidder' form for the The Ancient Shepherds, Fen Ditton.  This came from the parish council.  Consequently, the full moratorium will be invoked and will terminate at midnight on 2 April 2017.  For further information about the process thereafter, please see the ACV protocol on this page or contact Partnerships@scambs.gov.uk
  • Harlton - The Hare & Hounds, Harlton is registered as an ACV. The council has received notice of the owner's intention to sell. As a result the asset entered the interim moratorium period of 6 weeks, which has now been extended to the full moratorium period, ending midnight 07 December 2016, following the council receiving an expression of interest to be treated as a bidder from Harlton Parish Council. For further details please see the ACV protocol on this page or contact Partnerships@scambs.gov.uk
  • Fowlmere - The Queen's Head. Following the internal review of the listing decision, this asset is no longer on the list of assets of community value, therefore any moratorium no longer appplies  For further details please see below, or contact Partnerships@scambs.gov.uk
  • 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 Partnerships@scambs.gov.uk

Outcome of Internal Reviews

2016/001 The Foxton Post Office and Stores. The internal review upheld the listing of Foxton Post Office and Stores although the area listed was reduced to cover only the extent of the post office, shop and delivery area. PDF iconacv_internal_review_decision_foxton_post_office_and_stores.pdf Decision published 15/06/16.

2016/002 The Queen's Head, Fowlmere. The internal review decision was to remove the Queen's Head from the list of assets of community value.PDF iconacv_review_decision_notice_the_queens_head_fowlmere.pdf Decision published 17/05/16.

2015/011 The Pemberton Arms Public House (Harston). The internal review upheld the listing. PDF icondecision_notice_11.03.16.pdf

2014/017 The Three Tuns Guilden Morden.  The internal review upheld the listing. Decision Notice 03.02.15 [PDF, 252kB]

2013/004 Scout Campsite (Little Abington). The internal review upheld the listing. Decision Notice 12.6.13

2013/011 Hauxton Mill Island (Hauxton). The internal review panel, in view of the site falling within one of the exceptions to land which can be listed, found the land could not be listed at this time. Therefore this land was removed from the list of Assets of Community Value.  Bridgemere (owner) submission          Decision Notice 14.11.13         

 

 

 

 

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