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Community Right to Bid

Assets of community value

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new Community Right referred to as the Community Right to Bid which allows town and parish councils and defined community groups to ask the council to list certain assets as being of community value.

The Community Right to Bid helps local community groups to preserve buildings or land which are important to their community's social well-being. With Right to Bid when a listed asset comes up for sale there is a delay in the sale process. This delay should give an increased chance for the local community to bid to buy the asset.

Nominating an asset of community value

A community nomination can be made by a parish or town council or a voluntary or community body with a local connection.

Expression of interest to purchase an asset of community value

The owner of a building or land that is listed as an Asset of Community Value must notify the council when they intend to sell or lease the property (unless an exemption applies). The council will update the website list with the intended sale, inform the nominating organisation and publicise the sale in the local community. Any eligible community interest group that is interested in making a bid must write to us within six weeks of our receipt of the owner's notification of their planned sale. Here is the form to complete and return:

If we do not receive a request within six weeks, the owner can proceed with the sale or lease. If we do receive a request, the owner cannot sell or lease the land for six months, giving time for any community interest group(s) to prepare a bid. The owner does not have to sell to a community interest group but if they choose to do so, the sale can take place during the moratorium.

List of assets of community value

The list of assets of community value details the successful and unsuccessful community asset nominations. For each asset, the list sets out a range of information that is defined in the Assets of Community Value Regulations.

Ref Property address Date of
decision to list
Date listing
will expire
(5 years)
Current status
ACV1 to ACV17 Entries removed      
ACV18 Swinbrook Road Allotments
Kilkenny Lane
Carterton
Oxfordshire
OX18 1DT
30/01/2018 29/01/2023  
ACV19 Gardiner Arms
93 Medcroft Road
Tackley
Oxfordshire
OX5 3AH
10/05/2018 09/05/2023  
ACV20 The White House
1 Grove Road
Bladon
OX20 1RQ
08/08/2019 07/08/2024 Date of receipt of disposal notice: 17/09/2019
Interim moratorium end date: 28/10/2019
Date full moratorium triggered: 11/10/2019
Full moratorium triggered by: Bladon Community Benefit Ltd.
Full moratorium end date: 16/03/2020
Protected period end date: 16/03/2021
ACV21 The Cock Inn
The Green
Combe
Witney
OX29 8NT
02/09/2019 01/09/2024  
ACV22 Long Hanborough - public open space adjacent to Riely Close (incorporating skate park and
BMX facility)
Land Registry Title
Number ON284881
18/06/2020 17/06/2025  
ACV23 Rose & Crown
Shilton
Burford
Oxfordshire
OX18 4AB
17/08/2020 16/08/2025  
ACV24 The White Horse
The Ridings
Stonesfield
Oxfordshire
OX29 8EA
25/01/2021 24/01/2026 Date of receipt of disposal notice: 26/04/2022
Interim moratorium end date: 07/06/2022
Potential full moratorium end date: 26/10/2022
Protected period end date: 26/10/2023
ACV25

Cassington Allotments
The Green
Cassington
Oxfordshire
OX29 4DN

Land Registry Title Number: ON296952

28/01/2021 27/01/2026  
 ACV26
 
The Bell Hotel, Church Street, Charlbury 25/05/2022 25/05/2027

Date of receipt of disposal notice: 17/08/2022
Interim moratorium end date: 27/09/2022
No written request received to be treated as bidder. No further moratorium period as of 27/09/2022
Protected period end date: 16/02/2023

List of unsuccessful nominations

Ref Property address Date of decision  Reason for decision
ACVR1-6 Entries removed    
ACVR7 Carpenters Arms
Fulbrook Hill
Fulbrook
Burford
OX18 4BH
 12/01/2017 Insufficient evidence to satisfy the assessment as to whether the property furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community.
ACVR8 Carterton Police Station
Burford Road
Carterton
OX18 3AG
28/02/2017 The nominated building is an operational and administrative office - public access has been minimal. The building does not satisfy the statutory test in the Localism Act at either section 88(1)(a) or 88(2)(a).
ACVR9 Freeland Methodist Church
Wroslyn Road
Freeland
Witney
OX29 8HJ
05/09/2017 Insufficient evidence to satisfy the assessment as to whether the building/land has furthered the social wellbeing or interests of the local community in the recent past. The nomination fails to meet the definition of an Asset of Community Value in the statutory test at Section 88(2)(a) of the Localism Act 2011.
ACVR10
The Lamb Inn
Leafield Road
Crawley
Witney
OX29 9TW
 24/10/2017 Insufficient evidence to satisfy the assessment as to whether the property has furthered the social wellbeing/ social interests of the local community and thereby meets the definition of an Asset of Community Value as set out in the relevant statutory test at Section 88(2)(a) of the Localism Act 2011.
ACVR11
Freeland Methodist Church
Wroslyn Road
Freeland
Witney
OX29 8HJ
09/11/2017 In terms of the uses of the building in the recent past, Freeland Methodist Church cannot be listed as an Asset of Community Value as it does not fall within the scope allowable in the legislation and the limitations of the relevant statutory test. The past community uses submitted in the nomination are deemed to be ancillary uses (i.e. types of use that are subordinate and secondary) when set in the context of the primary use of the building as a place of religious worship. To satisfy the statutory test the relevant community use must not be an ancillary use of the property. For this reason the nomination fails the statutory test at Section 88(2)(a) of the Localism Act 2011.
ACVR12
Freeland Methodist Church
Wroslyn Road
Freeland
Witney
OX29 8HJ
30/01/2018 In terms of the uses of the building in the recent past, Freeland Methodist Church cannot be listed as an Asset of Community Value as it does not fall within the scope allowable in the legislation and the limitations of the relevant statutory test. The past community uses submitted in the nomination are deemed to be ancillary uses (i.e. types of use that are subordinate and secondary) when set in the context of the primary use of the building as a place of religious worship. To satisfy the statutory test the relevant community use must not be an ancillary use of the property. For this reason the nomination fails the statutory test at Section 88(2)(a) of the Localism Act 2011.
ACVR13
Carpenters Arms
Now known as:
The Cinnamon Stick Restaurant
122 North Street
Middle Barton
Chipping Norton
Oxon
OX7 7DA
26/07/2018 Insufficient evidence to satisfy the assessment as to whether the property furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and thereby meets the definition of an Asset of Community Value as set out in the statutory tests at Section 88(1) (a) and (b) of the Localism Act 2011.
ACVR14
Building/land to the rear of:
8-10 Market Square
Witney
Oxfordshire
OX28 6BB
(Property referred to as The Rock Barn)
26/09/2018 The nominated building/land does not satisfy both parts of the relevant statutory test in the Localism Act 2011 at Section 88(1)(a) and (b).
Specifically, the nomination fails the realism of future use test at Section 88(1)(b).
ACVR15
The Hand and Shears, Church Hanborough, Witney, OX29 8AB
13/10/2020 Insufficient evidence to satisfy the assessment as to whether the property furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and thereby meets the definition of an Asset of Community Value as set out in the statutory tests at Section 88(1) (a) and (b) of the Localism Act 2011.