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Community Right To Bid

Right to Bid
Community Right to Bid - ownership of assets


The new Community Right to Bid is now in force. It aims to keep valued land and buildings in community use by giving local people the chance to bid to buy them, if and when they come onto the market.

You have the opportunity to nominate public and private land and buildings to be part of a register of ‘assets of community value’. If something on this register is offered for sale, the Right is triggered. You will then have up to six months to prepare a bid and compete to buy it.

Read our guide to Understanding the Community Right to Bid, and contact us through the advice service to access support about acquiring assets of community value and to apply for grants.

Community Asset Transfer

Many public bodies are empowered to transfer the ownership of land and buildings to communities for less than their market value. This is commonly known as ‘discounted asset transfer’ or ‘asset transfer’. Read our guide to Understanding Community Asset Transfer. We can offer advice and discuss grants to support you in preparing to develop a business case for asset transfer and seek input from property professionals.

What could the new Right to Bid be used for?

Your community could use the new Community Right to Bid to nominate, then bid for local land and buildings including:

  • village shops
  • public houses
  • former schools
  • swimming pools
  • a public open space

These might currently be owned by your local authority or another public body, but they could also be owned by a private company or an individual.

Support and advice

Get started and find inspiring stories in the case studies and further support sections of the website. A £16m grants programme has been launched to support community ownership and management of assets.

Still have questions? Please get in touch with our advice service.

And our Asset Transfer Unit is providing further support to communities and councils in progressing asset transfer initiatives.

The new Community Right to Bid will be available in England only.

In association with partners:
The Social Investment BusinessLocal Government Association
Supported by delivery specialists:
The Plunkett Foundation, ACRE, Community Matters, Urban Forum and Anthony Collins solicitors.

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  • Top tips for communities transferring their assets.

     

    In the first of a two-part blog, Annemarie Naylor, head of assets at Locality, shares advice for communities that want to transfer their assets.

     

    Every community has assets and potential within it – even communities with the most challenging needs. But we don't always recognise all that we have in terms of land and buildings, people, skills, networks and funding. Community asset mapping is a way in which you can identify the places that matter most to you and the people who can contribute to local initiatives. To get started, contact a community organiser or register at The Place Station and begin adding land and buildings that you care about, together with information about the people who can help in your local area.

    Questions you need to ask include...The Guardian.

  • Civic centre could be a real asset for village

     

    Luddenden Foot is set to take over the control of its civic centre after current owners Calderdale Council agreed to an asset transfer on a 30-year lease.

    The keys to the building on Station Road will officially be handed over at 2pm on March 26, but the move will allow Luddenden Foot Community Association (LFCA) to apply for outside funding to raise the £400,000 to repair and modernise it.

    Jill Smith-Moorhouse, LFCA member and former chair, said: “This is great news for all the present user groups and anyone else who needs a meeting place, as this is the last suitable building in the area and it will create a focal point for Luddenden Foot.”

    The LFCA has been working on the asset transfer since 2005 when the building was under threat of closure due to long-standing under use and neglect.

    Jill said: “This will give a great sense of achievement to all those who have been involved in this project, who look to the future and what this building can do for Luddenden Foot.

    “LFCA will now be able to go to funders and raise the large amount of money needed to bring the building up to modern standards.

    “An architect has been employed to show just what could be achieved.

    “Ideas include a cafe, library and IT suite.

    “Improved facilities will attract more interest and use necessary for rental income.

    “The site of the centre benefits greatly from being next to Holmes Park. This is a fantastic local resource for sport, play groups and wildlife. Events are held there which improve community spirit and raise money for the project.”

    Luddenden Foot ward councillor Simon Young said: “I’d urge everyone to go along and support a fantastic community asset.”

    Hebden Bridge Times.

  • Links to application forms etc.

    Portsmouth:

    http://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/living/27822.html

    Members - please add other links to share - just place the link into a new comment box and we will edit).

  • Links to local PDF guidance documents:

    (Members - please add other links to share - just place the link into a new comment box and we will edit).

     

    Portsmouth:

     

    http://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/media/Community_Right_to_Bid_Guidance.pdf

  • Applying for a Feasibility Grant? You will need to meet some additional criteria:

    1. Provide evidence of initial business planning and research.
    2. Provide credible evidence of organisational strength and relevant expertise in relation to the service delivery being competed for.
    3. Be preparing to compete in a procurement exercise to deliver a public service or able to demonstrate that you have good potential to do so, for example having completed a pre-feasibility phase and able to demonstrate progress and work undertaken so far in preparation.
    4. Demonstrate the benefits that will arise from successfully competing for the service delivery opportunity.
    5. Be applying for a maximum of 30% or 50% of potential total contract value.
    6. Have identified support provider intending to work with. There are no restrictions on which support providers you can choose to work with but if you have not identified any particular provider this link provides you with some information on organisations in our partnership with relevant expertise.
    7. Have considered the State Aid implications of seeking this grant and are satisfied that the application if successful, would be compliant. 
  • Community Assets and Services Grants

    Helping you to deliver a local service or save a local building to benefit the community

    Over £10m available to community groups looking to take over local services

    From Monday 16 July 2012, community groups can apply for funding to help them take over a local service that they can run more effectively. 

    Pre-Feasibility grants between £5,000 and £10,000 are on offer to help organisations build internal capacity. Organisations that can demonstrate a strong potential to compete for public service delivery contracts can apply for feasibility grants of up to £100,000 to help compete in a procurement process.

    Support Providers bring a wealth of specialist knowledge and expertise to help organisations get ready to deliver service contracts. You are welcome to work with our suggested specialist support providers or choose your own.

    Over £16m available to community groups looking to buy buildings and assets valuable to the local community

    Community groups can also apply for grants to support them in taking on the ownership of assets to be transferred from public ownership. This includes preparing to bid to buy publicly or privately-owned land and buildings for community use. 

    Communities will be able to get support to acquire and manage assets such as village shops, pubs, community centres, heritage buildings, allotments and libraries. 

    Pre-feasibility grants between £5,000 and £10,000 are on offer to help organisations build the internal capacity needed to take ownership of assets. Organisations that can show evidence of plans to take over land or buildings can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to help undertake feasibility studies to take on asset ownership and management. 

    Support Providers bring a wealth of specialist knowledge and expertise to help organisations get ready to deliver service contracts. You are welcome to work with our suggested specialist support providers or choose your own. 

    Both Grant Programmes are an integral part of the Community Rights Support Programme.

    Capital grants available to exemplar organisations with an innovative and ambitious idea to transform a local building

    From 4 December 2012 until 8 February 2013 we will be accepting Expressions of Interest for the capital element of the Community Assets and Services Grants under the theme of Community Assets – Under the Hammer

    These grants are available for the purchase of assets identified either through Right to Bid or Community Asset Transfer.

  • Criteria

    We have a range of products available to support both service delivery and asset management. How can an investment from us help you?

    Taking on a local service

    Managing or purchasing land or a building

    Delivering local services

    Our grants can help you to get ready to deliver public services and own and manage assets.

    The criteria you will need to meet to be eligible for the grants are detailed below. The criteria will vary depending on whether you are applying for a grant to help you to deliver a service or to own / manage an asset.

    If you are applying for a grant to help you run a local service you will need to meet the following criteria

    1. Organisations with a valid reference number from the Community Rights Advice Line.
    2. A relevant body within Section 81 of the Localism Act, as set out below: - a voluntary or community body - a body of persons or trust established for charitable purposes  - a parish council unable to access funds for the proposal from other sources  - two or more employees of a relevant authority
    3. Based and working in England.
    4. Have not previously received a pre-feasibility grant from this Fund.
    5. Organisations unable to finance the work required from its own funds or other sources.
    6. Applying for a pre-feasibility grant of between £5,000 and £10,000 or a feasibility grant of between £10,000 and £100,000.
    7. Able to complete drawdown of the grant and provide evidence of spend for all the funding requested within 3 months (pre-feasibility) or 6 months (feasibility) from the receipt of grant funding.

    Applying for a Feasibility Grant? You will need to meet some additional criteria:

    1. Provide evidence of initial business planning and research.
    2. Provide credible evidence of organisational strength and relevant expertise in relation to the service delivery being competed for.
    3. Be preparing to compete in a procurement exercise to deliver a public service or able to demonstrate that you have good potential to do so, for example having completed a pre-feasibility phase and able to demonstrate progress and work undertaken so far in preparation.
    4. Demonstrate the benefits that will arise from successfully competing for the service delivery opportunity.
    5. Be applying for a maximum of 30% or 50% of potential total contract value.
    6. Have identified support provider intending to work with. There are no restrictions on which support providers you can choose to work with but if you have not identified any particular provider this link provides you with some information on organisations in our partnership with relevant expertise.
    7. Have considered the State Aid implications of seeking this grant and are satisfied that the application if successful, would be compliant. 

    Priority area for funding

    In addition to meeting all of the above criteria we are particularly interested in receiving applications from small local organisations that are looking to build capacity and capability to deliver public service contracts.  

    We will not exclude applications that do not fall into this priority area but we will prioritise those that do against applications that do not but are of equal quality. 

     

  • Managing a local building

    If you are applying for a grant to purchase or manage a building or land in community use you will need to meet all of the following criteria: 

    1.  Organisations with a valid reference number from the Community Rights Advice Service

    2. Community interest groups with well evidenced local connections including

    • Registered charity;
    • Community interest company;
    • Company limited by guarantee that are non-profit distributing
    • Industrial and Provident Societies that are non-profit distributing , or
    • a parish council 

    2.    Based and working in England

    3.    Able to demonstrate good levels of local control with local people and local representatives making the majority of decisions

    4.    Have not previously received a pre-feasibility grant from this fund 

    5.    Not able to finance the work required from the organisation’s own funds

    6.  Applying for a pre-feasibility grant of between £5,000 and £10,000 or a feasibility grant of between £10,000 and £100,000

    Applying for a Feasibility Grant? You will need to meet some additional criteria in order to apply:

    1.    Able to complete feasibility works within a 6 month timeframe.

    2.    Able to provide evidence of plans to take on asset management, for example, having either identified a specific asset or a number of options that have the potential to meet the asset need.

    3.    Able to provide evidence of initial business planning and research. 

    4.    Able to provide credible evidence of organisational strength and relevant expertise in relation to asset management.

    5.    Able to provide evidence of a detailed work plan and timeline that links to specific steps that need to be completed to become investment ready and able to take on an asset.  

    6.    Able to demonstrate the benefits that arise from the proposed asset purchase or management.    

    Capital Grants

    Capital Grants are available to organisations looking to purchase or substantially refurbish assets listed through Right to Bid or Community Asset Transfer.

    You can only apply for one pre-feasibility grant from either Fund but can apply for feasibility grants from both Funds.

     

  • Good question, Andrew - I hope someone can offer an experienced reply.

    We are also looking at the possibility of purchasing a pier as a community leisure facility, but its currently in private hands.

    Geoff
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