Who can nominate an asset of community value?
Only eligible voluntary and community organisations can make nominations, not individuals, nor the council.
The organisations must:
- have a local connection to the property they wish to nominate; this means that its activities are wholly or partly concerned with the administrative area of Bristol City Council or a neighbouring local authority.
- be one or more of the following:
- an unincorporated community group with at least 21 members who are registered to vote in the Bristol City Council area
- a parish council
- a charity
- an industrial and provident society
- a local neighbourhood forum
- a company limited by guarantee or a community interest company.
See the guidance notes below for a full list of criteria.
How to nominate an asset of community value?
A nomination has to include certain information. To ensure that you comply with the requirements, please use the Assets of Community Value nomination form (word doc, 82k).
The nomination must include:
- the address of the property
- details of the owner and current occupants
- the extent of the site and its proposed boundaries
- why you feel it is an asset of community value.
You must also provide evidence of your eligibility to nominate.
Full details of the process can be found in the Regulations and explanatory note published by the government.
What counts as an ‘asset of community value’?
A building or piece of land is deemed to have community value if:
- the use of the land or building currently, or in the recent past, furthers the social well-being or cultural, recreational or sporting interests of the local community
- this use (as described above) of the building 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’, ie of secondary purpose. This means that the use of the land or building to further social well-being or interests of the community must be its principal use.
What happens following nomination?
The Council have to decide whether or not to list the asset, within eight weeks following the nomination. Once they have received the completed form, they will check the technical issues such as the eligibility of the nomination and the organisation making the nomination, completeness of the information supplied, and the fact that the asset is not in an excluded category.
Decisions as to whether the nominated assets are of community value will be made by a specially convened officer asset group.
Assets that are considered to be of community value will then be added to the ‘List of Assets of Community Value’. Assets will remain on the list for five years and a land charge will be registered against the property. When the five years have expired, an eligible community organisation can submit a new nomination.
The Council will take all practicable steps to notify the owner and lawful occupants that it is considering listing the property. They will also notify these people of the outcome of the nomination.
The organisation which originally nominated the asset will be notified of the outcome, together with reasons if the application is unsuccessful. They will also be notified if the asset is subsequently removed from the list, following a review of the decision.
If the nominated asset is not considered to be an asset of community value, or if the nomination was ineligible, the Council will provide an explanation as to why it was unsuccessful to the organisation which made the nomination. In such circumstances, the property will be added to the list of ‘Land Nominated by Unsuccessful Community Nominations’ and will remain on the list for five years.
If the Council decide to list a property, the property owner can ask for a review and there will be a process for an appeal to an independent body. Further guidance will be provided in the letter to the property owner. Nominators are not able to appeal the decision made in respect of their nomination. However, they can make a complaint through the Council's complaint procedure if they feel the Council have not followed the correct procedure.