Assets of Community Value

The Localism Act 2011 has introduced the Community Right to Bid, which gives eligible organisations, such as town and parish councils and defined community groups, the opportunity to nominate a building or land they believe to be important to their community well-being, to be listed by the local authority as an Asset of Community Value.

When a listed asset comes up for sale, the Assets of Community Value Regulations provide for a delay in the sale process (moratorium). The moratorium allows local community groups to prepare and make a bid for the asset on the open market.

This aims to ensure that buildings and amenities can be kept in public use and remain an integral part of community life where possible, and thus reduce the trend in recent years of communities losing local amenities and buildings of importance to them.

The Regulations do not give the community group any other rights, other than to delay the sale so they can prepare a bid. 

To be considered as an asset of community value, the asset must show that:

The actual

  • current or recent use of the asset furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community

And that it is realistic to think that the:

  • future use of the asset will further the social wellbeing of the community

The Act excludes:

  • the listing of assets which might have a community value in the future, but which have not been used for that purpose for a long time – e.g. an area of derelict land that has been unused for some years. Assets are only able to be listed by virtue of their present or recent use, not just by planned future uses
  • the listing of assets which are occasionally used for the social benefit of a local community, but which are not primarily used for this purpose – e.g. a space used for an annual village fete.

Nominating an Asset of Community Value

You nominate an asset to be considered as an asset of community value by clicking here.  Please complete the on-line form, together with your plan of the building or land.  Any additional supporting evidence should be emailed to the Community Enabalement Team on using the reference you will be given at the end of the form as the subject heading.

The on-line form must be completed in one visit and will time you out.  To assist you to complete the form we recommend you print out this word version (77.5 KB) Word 97-2003 and use it to make notes about your evidence of community value.  Additionally you can type an electronic version and then copy and paste the large sections into the on-line form.  

May we draw your attention to the guidance at the beginning of section 3 of the form.  These bullet points set out ways you can present your evidence of community value.

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

We will process the information provided in accordance with the Data Protection Act for the purposes of administering the Community Right to Bid procedure established under the Localism Act 2011.  Name and contact details provided will be shared with the owner of the asset in the event that the nominating organisation subsequently submits an intention to bid.

The information provided will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, but personal information (names and contact details) will not be released in response to Freedom of Information Requests.

To find out more about how the council uses your data, please read the privacy notice in the on-line form (link above) or access the council's privacy policy here.

Please note:

If your nominated asset is successfully listed on the register it will not be treated as a 'material consideration' by South Oxfordshire District Council in relation to the formal planning process. 


For more information and guidance please click on:

Frequently Asked Questions

Assets of Community Value List

Last reviewed: 24 - 02 - 2020

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