Community Right to Bid

The Community Right to Bid scheme is provided as part of the Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Value Regulations 2012, to give community groups the right to identify buildings or land (known as assets) which are of community value and possibly bid for them.

How it works

Under this Act, voluntary and community organisations can nominate an asset to be included on a list of ‘assets of community value’. We manage and display this list. If an owner wants to sell a listed asset, a six month moratorium period will be triggered, during which the asset cannot be sold. This period gives community groups some time to develop a proposal and raise the required capital to bid for the asset once it comes onto the open market at the end of the moratorium period.

We also manage and publish unsuccessful nominations, summarising why they were unsuccessful.

Find out:

How to nominate an asset

Before making a nomination:

1. Check your eligibility

First check if your community group is eligible to nominate an asset. You should be eligible if you can answer 'yes' to all of the following:

  • Do you have a local connection (i.e. are the group’s activities wholly or partly concerned with Richmond or a neighbouring borough)?
  • Can your group be described as any of the following?
    • An unincorporated community group with at least 21 members who are on the electoral register in Richmond
    • A parish council
    • A charity; or an industrial and provident society
    • A designated local neighbourhood forum
    • A company limited by guarantee (which does not distribute any surplus it makes to its members)
    • A community interest company

2. Provide proof of your eligibility

In order for us to determine if your nominatinon is of community value, your application must contain:

  • The address of the property
  • Details of the owner (if known)
  • The extent of the site
  • Reasons why you feel it is an asset of community value

Before applying, make sure you have read and followed the criteria as set within the Assets of Community Value Regulations 2012.

Nominate an asset

How we deal with your nomination

Once we receive your nomination, we will send you an acknowledgement of your submission and check that the property satisfies the criteria for acceptance. A review panel will then consider your nomination, after which we will write to advise you of the panel's decision. We will notify you of the panel's decision eight weeks from the time you submit a nomination.

Read more about our procedures on Assets of Community Value Listing procedure (Appendix A)(pdf, 61KB).

View all the assets which have been submitted in the following two tables:

Read more about our procedures if your nomination has been accepted and listed as an asset Procedure following listing (Appendix B)(pdf, 22KB).

Assets of community value

With the exception of residential properties, any building or land may be listed as an asset of community value if we determine that the primary current use of the asset 'furthers the social well-being or social interests of the community'.

The asset will be considered to have community value if we determine the following:

  • The use of the land or building currently, or in the recent past, contributes to the social well-being or cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the local community.
  • This use (as described above) of the asset 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. of secondary purpose. This means that the use of the asset to further social well-being or interests of the community must be its principle use.

For more information, read the Assets of Community Value Regulations 2012.

Successful nominations
Reference number Nominating organisation Name of asset Type of asset Address of asset Details of asset 'footprint' Date added to list Date owner announced intent to dispose of asset End date of Interim
Moratorium period
Date Full Moratorium period triggered Group that triggered Full Moratorium Full Moratorium Period
end date
Protected Period
end date
0004 5th Putney Scout Group The Scout Hut, 5th Putney Sea Scouts Scout hut Barn Elms Sports Ground, beyond Beverley Brook Bridge, Thames Tow path, Putney Scout hut and grounds 26/03/15            
0005 Teddington Cricket Club Colts Udney Park Road playing fields, Teddington Playing fields Udney Park Road, Teddington Playing fields with pavilion 31/03/16            

Unsuccessful nominations
Reference number Date nomination received Nominating organisation Name of asset Type of asset Address of asset Date asset added to the list Reasons why nomination was unsuccessful
0001 23/05/13 SOS Save our Streets in Little Chelsea Garages, 29 Charles Street, Barnes Lock up garages 29 Charles Street, Barnes 17/07/13
  1. Garage use personal, rather than furthering the social well-being of the community as a whole.
  2. Use of some garages outside of terms of tenancies.
  3. Some tenants of garages are from some distance from the site.
0002 09/06/14 Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum 19-23 Upper Ham Road (Barclays Bank), Ham Bank premises 19-23 Upper Ham Road, Ham 04/07/14
  1. The primary use is considered to be as a commercial banking unit.
  2. Any social wellbeing benefits there may be from this activity are secondary to the primary commercial use.
0003 12/10/14 Friends of Udney Park Playing Fields Playing Fields at Udney Park Road, Teddington Playing fields Udney Park Road, Teddington 12/12/14
  1. The use of the land by local organisations is considered to be ancillary to the primary use by Imperial College, and therefore does not meet the first test under Section 88(1) of the Localism Act 2011 that ‘an actual current use of the building or other land that is not an ancillary use furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community’.
0006 18/12/15 Richmond and Hounslow Branch of CAMRA The Rising Sun Public House, 29 High Street, Hampton Hill Public House 29 High Street, Hampton Hill, TW12 1NB 02/03/16
  1. The Nominee failed to demonstrate the necessary nomination criteria to make the application.
  2. The use of the property by the “community” is considered to be ancillary to the main use, and that the application therefore fails the tests set out in Section 88(1) of the 2011 Act.

Request to become a bidder

If the owner of buildings or land on the list of assets of community value notifies us that they intend to dispose of their asset, then we must share this information with the community and will update the list of assets to indicate the owner’s intention.

Some types of disposal are exempt from the provisions of the Community Right to Bid scheme, but if the scheme applies then a six-week window of opportunity (known as a moratorium period) will be triggered. During this time, the owner cannot dispose of the asset.

If you wish to be treated as a potential bidder for an asset you must be eligible and notify us.

Before requesting to become a bidder:

1. Check your group's eligibility

To be eligible, your group must have a local connection. This means that that your group's activities – and any surplus it makes – must wholly or partly benefit the local authority's area or a neighbouring authority's area.

In addition your group must be either:

  • a charity,
  • a community interest company,
  • a company limited by guarantee which does not distribute any surplus it makes to its members; or
  • an industrial and provident societywhich does not distribute any surplus it makes to its members.

2. Check when you can make a request

Once your group expresses an interest in bidding then a longer moratorium period will be triggered, lasting six months from the date when the intention to sell was announced. During this period the owner cannot dispose of the asset so your group can prepare your bid.

You must request to become a bidder before the end of the initial six-week moratorium period, the dates of which are indicated on the list of assets of community value

Request to become a bidder.

Updated: 20 June 2017