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Community right to bid for assets of community value

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Any bids should be sent to communityassets@northwarks.gov.uk

Who can bid?
Only community interest groups that meet the government's criteria can bid to buy a community asset.  Not all groups that are eligible to nominate are also eligible to bid.
The following organisations are eligible to bid:

  • Parish councils
  • Charities
  • Community interest companies

Or, one of the following, provided it does not distribute any surplus it makes to its members, and any surplus it makes are wholly, or partly, applied for the benefit of the administrative area of North Warwickshire Borough Council, or one of our neighbouring authorities:

  • A company limited by guarantee.
  • An industrial and provident society.

In addition, a bid body must have a local connection, which means that its activities are wholly or partly concerned with the administrative area of North Warwickshire Borough Council, or one of our neighbouring authorities.

Community right to bid for assets of community value

This new Right means communities can ask the council to list certain assets as being of value to the community. If an asset is listed and then comes up for sale, the new right will give communities that want it 6 months to put together a bid to buy it. This gives communities an increased chance to save much-loved shops, pubs or other local facilities.

Parish councils or local community groups can nominate both privately and publicly owned assets which meet the definition of community value.

A building or land in a local authority's area will be listed as an asset of community value if in the opinion of North Warwickshire Borough Council:

  • current primary use of the building/land or use of the building/land in the recent past furthers the social well-being or social interests (cultural, recreational, or sporting interests) of the local community
  • it is realistic to think that now or in the next five years there could continue to be primary use of the building/land which will further the social well-being or social interests of the local community (whether or not in the same way as before)

Owners of listed assets cannot dispose of them without:

  • letting the local authority know that they intend to sell the asset or grant a lease of more than 25 years
  • waiting until the end of a six week 'interim moratorium' period if the local authority does not receive a request from a community interest group to be treated as a potential bidder
  • waiting until the end of a six month 'full moratorium' period if the local authority does receive a request from a community interest group to be treated as a potential bidder

The owner does not have to sell the asset to the community group.

There is also a 'protected period' (18 months from the time that the owner notified the local authority of their intention to dispose of the asset) - during this time there can be no further moratoriums.

The Process

The Regulations and explanatory note published by government provide detailed information on:

  • The bodies that can make nominations (such as local parish councils)
  • Land that is exempt from being listed (such as premises which are primarily residential)
  • The steps that North Warwickshire Borough Council has to take when considering whether to list land as an asset of community value and upon listing that land (including notifying relevant parties)
  • Arrangements for owners to make appeals on decisions to list or award compensation on any losses incurred as a result of being listed (including internal reviews and external tribunals)
  • Exemptions to the 6 month moratorium being applied when land is put up for sale or long term lease.

A decision will be made within 8 weeks of the receipt of nomination on whether to list the asset. The asset will then be placed on a list of successful/unsuccessful nominations on the website and a list of current nominations will also label shortly.

Nominations
NUMBER

ADDRESS

DATE RECEIVED

SUCCESSFUL/UNSUCCESSFUL

DATE REASON
CA1 The Cuckoos Rest, Dordon 11/01/2016 Successful 26/02/2016 Meets Required Criteria
CA1 Section 95(2) notice - intention to dispose has been received.  Closing date 7 June 2017  
  HARTSHILL PC APPLICATIONS  
CA2 The Poplars, The Green/Castle Road, Hartshill 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful 22/2/16 Does not meet Criteria
CA3 Woodlands Quarry 12/01/2016      
CA4 Quarrymans Walk 12/01/2016      
CA6 Fields between the Coventry canal and Cherryfields Estate 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful   Does not meet criteria
CA7 Hartshill Hayes Country Park 12/01/2016      
CA9 Apple Pie Lane and Cherry Farm Lane 12/01/2016      
CA10 Site of Michael Draytons Cottage at Hartshill Green and the Green 12/01/2016 WITHDRAWN   No asset to protect
CA11 Friends Meeting House, 112 Castle Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA12 The earlier friends meeting house on the South side of Hartshill Green 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful 22/2/16 Does not mean criteria
CA13 Hartshill Wharf and buildings 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful 22/2/16 Does not meet criteria
CA14 Site of now demolished lock up adjacent to Charity Farm, Castle Road 12/01/2016 WITHDRAWN   No asset to protect
CA15 Former engineering works at Swift Court 12/01/2016 WITHDRAWN   No asset to protect
CA16 Convenience store at corner of Oldbury Road and Church Road (formerly White Horse Inn) 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful   Does not meet criteria
CA17 Fields containing pre roman and roman settlements and tumuli including the medieval moat 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful   Does not meet criteria
CA18 The Iron Age fort at Oldbury including bronze Age Barrow 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful    
CA19 Hartshill Grange and Barn 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful 22/2/16 Does not meet criteria
CA20 Stag and Pheasant PH 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA21 The Royal Oak PH, Oldbury Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA22 The Malt Shovel PH, Grange Road, Hartshill 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA23 The Chase Public House, Coleshill Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA24 Former Conservative Club, Victoria Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA25 Former URC Chapel, Coleshill Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA26 Former Methodist Chapel, Coleshill Road 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful 22/2/16 Does not meet criteria
CA27 Former Weslyan Methodist Chapel, Grange Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA28 Holy Trinity Church, Church Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA29 Hartshill Community Library 12/01/2016      
CA30 Hartshill Community Centre, Church Road 12/01/2016      
CA31 Hartshill School and Sports Hall, Church Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA32 Michael Drayton Middle School, The Woodlands 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA33 Nathaniel Newton School, Victoria Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA34 Links Daycare Centre, Victoria Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA35 Oldbury Grange Nursing Home, Oldbury Road 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful 22/2/16 Does not meet criteria
CA36 The Stables, Castle Road 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful 22/2/16 Does not meet criteria
CA37 Linden Care Home, Grange Road 12/01/2016 Unsuccessful 22/2/16 Does not meet criteria
CA38 Hartshill Post Office, Church Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA39 Sports Pavillion at Snowhill recreation Ground, Victoria Road 12/01/2016 Withdrawn    
CA40 Fields Bordering Atherstone Road and Mancetter Road including amenity area next to Saria - former sewage treatment works now zoned for Leisure and recreation 12/01/2016      
CA41 6 Castle Motte opposite side of footpath AE178 to the remains of the Norman Castle inside the boundary of Hartshill Hayes Country park 12/01/2016      
CA42 Quakers Piece 12/01/2016      
  OTHER APPLICATIONS        
CA43 97-99 High Street, Coleshill (HSBC Bank) 13/07/2017

Unsuccessful

July 2017

Does not meet criteria

 

CA44 Dog Inn, Marsh Lane, Water Orton 24/7/2017      
CA45 Arley Sports Centre, Car Park & Multiuse Area 28/06/2018 Successful 17/7/18 Meets Required Criteria
CA45 Arley Sports Centre, Car Park & Multiuse Area - Section 95(2) Notice     -      Intention to dispose has been received. Closing date 29/08/2018     11/9/18  

Who to contact in the Council

This should be emailed to communityassets@northwarks.gov.uk or posted to Planning, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Council House, South Street, Atherstone, Warks, CV9 1DE.

Support available and other considerations

  • Support on the use of this right is available from the Locality - My Community Rights website Where the owner of a listed asset, such as a pub, applies for 'change of use' then the fact the asset is listed as an asset of community value may be a material consideration in making a decision on whether to grant change of use.
  • In addition, Neighbourhood Plans can formally allocate assets for community use in a site allocation proposals map, if there is good evidence to support the case (including for sites which may not meet the definition of an Asset of Community Value). This would give it additional weight in decision making and could inform, and be informed by, the lists of nominated assets.
  • North Warwickshire Borough Council's Local Plan seeks to promote the retention and development of local services and community facilities in villages, such as local shops, meeting places, sports venues, cultural buildings, public houses and places of worship. North Warwickshire Borough Council will take into account the importance of these facilities to the local community when considering planning applications.

Last updated Thursday, 6th December 2018

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