|Nominations for listing an asset of community value|
|The Wissett Plough|
A building or other land is an asset of community value if its main use has recently been or is presently used to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future.
The Localism Act states that 'social interests' include cultural, recreational and sporting interests.
The regulations list a number of situations where land or buildings are exempted from inclusion on the list or operation of the moratorium. These include homes, hotels, assets being transferred between kindred businesses, and other assets. Please refer to the regulations for further details:
It is expected that the new Community Right to Bid could be used to nominate land and buildings such as village shops, public houses, former schools, swimming pools and public open space. These might currently be owned by the local authority or another public body, but they could also be owned by a private company or an individual.
East Suffolk Council require nominators to discuss their application with the relevant Communities Officer prior to submission. Please use this map to identify the relevant contact for your area.
A number of community organisations can nominate land and buildings for inclusion on the list: parish councils, neighbourhood forums (as defined in neighbourhood planning regulations), unconstituted community groups of at least 21 members, not-for-private-profit organisations (e.g. charities). The full detail of eligible groups is available in regulations 4, 5 and 12 of the Assets of Community Value regulations.
Please refer to these guidance notes before submitting your nomination:
You can complete an
Or a Word version of the nomination form is available to download, complete and return:
Completed forms can be submitted by email or by post to our Communities team.
Once a nomination has been received, the council has 8 weeks in which to consider it and reach a decision on whether or not it is valid and a listing should be made. The council will tell the owners and occupiers of the property when they receive a nomination. If the nomination meets the Government's requirements, it will be included on a list of assets of community value for 5 years and recorded as a local land charge. The owners and occupiers of the asset will also be informed.
If the nomination does not meet the criteria, it will be included on a list of unsuccessful nominations and the owners and occupiers will be informed. If a nomination is unsuccessful, the council will write to the nominator giving reasons why.
|East Suffolk community asset list||Unsuccessful community asset nomination list|
What can property owners do if they are unhappy about their property being listed?
Asset owners and those nominating assets can follow an appeals process if they are unhappy with a decision made by the Council:
There may be occasions where nominations were unsuccessful and there is interest to re-nominate the same piece of land or building again. A piece of land or a building can only be re-nominated where a community group is able to demonstrate that something material has changed which would be more likely to make the second listing decision successful.
We will write to the community group who listed the asset to inform them that it is coming up for sale. Relevant community interest groups then have 6 weeks in which to express an interest in buying the asset. If no expressions of interest are received, the asset owner can go ahead with selling it. If an expression of interest is received, the owner must wait until 6 months has elapsed (from the moment s/he gave notice that s/he intended to sell) before selling the asset. During this time, the community group should prepare and submit its bid for the asset.