Communities in Cornwall use their Right to Bid for Community Assets

Posted on: 1st October 2014

Communities in Cornwall use their Right to Bid for Community Assets that are precious to their communities. More than 100 communities in Cornwall have submitted nominations for land or buildings in their local areas to be listed as community assets – the highest number of nominations in the country.

The Community Right to Bid, which was introduced as part of 2011 Localism Act 2011, enables town and parish councils and local voluntary and community organisations to nominate local land or buildings to be included in a list of Assets of Community Value. This then gives local communities the chance to bid to buy the asset but only if it comes up for sale. It does not matter who owns the asset – if it is of value to the community then it could be listed as an Asset of Community Value.

Jeremy Rowe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Devolution and Localism, has welcomed communities using the scheme in Cornwall. “The legislation means that local people and communities can use the Community Right to Bid to ‘pause’ the sale of buildings or land they care about. This could be their local pub, village shop, village hall or playing field. Under the scheme communities who successfully nominate an asset to be included in the list then have up to six months to buy the asset for the community.”

See what is on Cornwall’s list of Assets of Community Value.