Community right to bid
What qualifies as an asset of community value?
A building or piece of land may be deemed to have community value if:
- The use of the building or land currently, or in the recent past, furthers the social well-being or cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the local community.
- The use (as described above) of the building or land will continue to further the social well-being or interests of the local community.
The use of the building or land must not be deemed ‘ancillary’, i.e. the use of the land or building that furthers the social well-being or interests of the community must be the principal use.
There are certain exclusions:
- A building wholly used as a residence, together with land ‘connected with’ that residence.
- This means adjoining land in the same ownership.
- Land is treated as adjoining if it is separated only by a road, railway, river or canal.
- However, the fact that a building (for example a pub) contains an integral flat, does not prevent it from being eligible for listing.
- A caravan site.
- Operational land belonging to former utilities and other statutory operators.