Community right to challenge
A voluntary or community group can 'express an interest' or bid to run services that are provided by the local authority where they feel they can do so differently and better. For a full details of what voluntary and community groups are defined as in this instance, read Gov.UK, community right to challenge, sections 1.4 to 1.15
The government guidance notes provides detailed information about:
- services that groups and communities can express an interest in bidding for
- when expressions of interest can be made
- what information you need in order to express an interest
- on what grounds an expression of interest may be rejected
- amending an expression of interest
- the procurement process
The website My Community also provides further information about how community groups can get involved in the running of services.
Submitting an expression of interest
If you want to submit an expression of interest, contact our Legal team.
Community right to bid
This allows community groups an opportunity to organise a bid to purchase important local land or buildings if they are for sale. The first step in the community right to bid process is that local groups or parish councils need to nominate buildings or land as 'assets of community value.'
If any of these assets of community value come up for sale, the community can request a 'moratorium' on the sale. This essentially means there is a pause in the sale process until the community can pull together enough financial or business support in order to buy the asset. The moratorium period is usually six months.
The government policy notes provides an overview of the community right to bid.
The website My Community (understanding the community right to bid) also provides more information about this and also offers support and advice should your community decide to bid for an asset.
Submitting a bid
If you want to submit a bid, contact our Legal team.
Nominations accepted as a community asset
|Name of nomination||Date nomination received||Date listed as an asset|
|28 April 2015||8 June 2015|
|Bennet Arms Public House, Rougham||1 March 2017||18 April 2017|
|The Burton Centre, Camps Road, Haverhill||22 October 2012||6 December 2012|
The Cock, Little Thurlow
|16 June 2015||9 July 2015|
Corn Exchange, Haverhill
|24 September 2013||19 November 2013|
Doric Cinema, 146/146A High Street, Newmarket
|6 August 2015||14 September 2015|
|Doric Cinema, 146/146A High Street Newmarket
||4 December 2015||12 January 2016|
The Fox, Pakenham
|19 June 2013||
18 September 2013
||30 September 2016||23 November 2016|
|Oak Community Woodland (site 2903, Woodland adjacent to Rougham Hill Lorry Park)||3 February 2016||30 March 2016|
|Solstice House (previously Fox and Hounds pub) Felsham Road, Bradfield St George||1 April 2014||6 May 2014|
The Swan Inn, Thetford Road, Coney Weston, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1DN
|11 July 2016||09 August 2016|
Weeping Willow, 39 Bury Road, Barrow
|25 February 2015||11 March 2015|
|The White Horse Public House (currently known as Bradman’s), Withersfield||14 March 2017||9 May 2017|
Nominations refused as a community asset
|Name of nominated asset||Date nomination received||Date refused as an asset|
|Icepits Wood, Great Barton||11 July 2014||3 September 2014|