In neighbourhoods across the country there are buildings and areas of land that are important to the communities that use them, such as village shops, village greens, pubs, community centres and libraries.
The Localism Act allows local groups to nominate buildings and land that they consider are of value to the community, to be included on list of assets of community value.
If an asset on the list is put up for sale, community groups are given an opportunity to express an interest in buying it. That will triggger period during which they can raise funds and make an offer to the owner.
The list of assets of community value is maintained by the council. If we decide to list building or area of land as an asset of community value, this does not mean that the owner is forced to sell it, or to keep it open for the public to use. However, if the owner does decide to sell, local group can pause the sale for up to six months in order to organise bid to buy it. At the end of the six months, the owner may decide to sell the asset to community group, or to another bidder or to withdraw it from sale. Listed building or area of land provides time for local people to raise funds, but it cannot force the owner to sell an asset to community.
The first step is to nominate the building or area of land you'd be interested in bidding for as an asset of community value using the nomination form.
If we consider that the nominated site meets the tests set out in the legislation, we will include it on the list. Assets are removed from the list after period of five years. For more information on the community right to bid, visit GOV.UK.
Buildings and land that are included on the list
We've listed these buildings and areas of land as assets of community value:
|Building or facility||Location||Nominated by||Date included on list|
|Folkestone Library (PDF, 122KB)||Grace Hill, Folkestone||New Folkestone Society||17 July 2023|
|The Church Room
Map of The Church Room Burmarsh (PDF, 389KB)
|Church Road, Burmarsh, Romney Marsh||Burmarsh Parish Council||23 August 2021|
|Littlestone Warren Golf Club Clubhouse and adjacent tennis courts (PDF, 170KB)||Littlestone, Romney Marsh||The Friends of Romney Warren||4 April 2019|
There have been no unsuccessful nominations within the last five years.