Local groups have a right to nominate a building or other land (known as 'assets') which furthers the social well-being or interests of the local community to be listed as an asset of community value.
When we get a nomination, we have eight weeks to decide whether or not it meets the criteria. Owners of these assets have the right to appeal the decision.
If a listed asset comes up for sale, the Localism Act 2011 gives community interest groups the chance to delay the sale for up to six months so that they can prepare to bid for it. After this six month period, the owner is free to sell to whoever they want at whatever price they choose.
How we define 'local groups'
Local groups are defined as voluntary or community organisations with a local connection. They must be one of the following:
- Parish councils
- Neighbourhood forums
- Community interest companies
- Unincorporated bodies of 21 named members
- Company limited by guarantee
- Industrial or provident society.
What counts as an asset of community value?
A building or other area of land can be an asset of community value if:
- It is at least partly in Wigan Borough
- It currently benefits the local community by furthering the social well-being and interests of that community, or has done so in the past
- It is likely to do this in the future
- It does not fall within one of the exemptions listed in the assets of community value regulations (external link).