Community right to bid for assets of community value

What is the community right to bid

The community right to bid for assets of community value allows voluntary and community organisations to nominate an asset which they consider has benefits for social well-being and social interests.

If the owner of a listed asset wants to sell, they must contact the council, who in turn will notify the nominating community group. The community then has an opportunity to bid for the property/land and has a preference to bid in the first six months of the property going on sale.

The right came into force on the 21 September 2012 under the Localism Act 2011 and will give community and voluntary bodies the opportunity to nominate, bid and take over the running of assets that are considered of value to the local community.

What is an asset of community value

An asset of community value is a building or land where the local authority has decided that the current (non-ancillary) use of the building furthers the social well-being or social interests of the local community. Furthermore, it is realistic to think that there can continue to be non-ancillary use that will further the social well-being or social interests of the local community.

Assets can include for example, day care centres, schools, open spaces, theatres, youth centres, pubs, civic halls and heritage sites.

Nominate a community asset

A community nomination must include:

  • A description of the land and proposed boundaries
  • Details of the current occupants and anyone holding a freehold or leasehold estate in the land
  • Reasons why the land is of community value
  • Evidence that the nominator is eligible under the Act

Nomination form

Please use the Community Nomination form when nominating a building or land.

You can view and download full regulations from

Further guidance, details and advice is available on the Assets of Community Value policy statement page, and the My Community Rights website.

Harrow’s List of Assets of Community Value

The list below includes all successful assets nominated by groups as an asset of community value:

List of Assets of Community Value - successful and unsuccessful.

Copies of the lists are also available for inspection upon booking an appointment.

Please contact the council by letter or email if you would like to be treated as a potential bidder. Please see The Assets of Community Value Regulations 2012 website, to see if you are a qualifying voluntary or community body.

Corporate estates

Address: Harrow
PO Box 1362