Community Right to Bid

The Community Right to Bid gives people the chance to bid to buy and take over the running of assets (i.e. buildings or land) that are of value to the local community.

Local groups now have the right to nominate a building or land for listing by East Northamptonshire Council as an ‘asset of community value’. When a listed asset is to be sold, local community groups will have a six month period to raise finance, develop a business plan and make a bid to buy the asset on the open market.

Who can nominate?

The following groups are eligible to nominate an asset to be included on the list:

  • Parish and town councils
  • Unincorporated groups
  • Neighbourhood forums
  • Community interest groups with a local connection

What is an asset of community value?

A building or land in East Northamptonshire is an asset of community value if the council considers that "the main use furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community, or has recently done so, and is likely to do so in the future (during the next five years)". The asset may be owned by anybody, although some categories of assets are excluded from being eligible to be listed.

What is the process for nominating an asset?

If your group is eligible to nominate an asset, you may wish to contact the council for an informal discussion before you make a formal nomination. You may also find it useful to discuss your intention to nominate an asset with the owner. If you wish to make a formal nomination, you can either complete an online nomination form, or you can download a form and post it to us.  

Diagram showing Community Right to Bid process diagram

If an asset that has been successfully nominated is due to be sold, the diagram below shows the process:

Diagram showing right to bid process

More information on the Community Right to Bid and the council’s process can be found in the Community Right to Bid Policy

List of nominations received

View the list of nominations received. This includes both successful and unsuccessful nominations.

Council officers have delegated powers to list assets and review listings.

View the most recent Community Right to Bid news

View the list of recent decision notices here.

To appeal against the listing review

Email: GRC.CommunityRights@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Post:  Tribunal Clerk
          Community Right to Bid Appeals
          HM Courts & Tribunals
          First-Tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber)
          PO Box 9300
          Leicester
          LE1 8DJ

More information

  1. Community Right to Bid (you are here)
  2. Recent Community Right to Bid Activity
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