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Community Rights

Community Right to Bid and Community Asset Register

The Community Right to Bid was introduced under the Localism Act (2011) to help communities looking to run an asset in their local area.

Community groups can nominate local assets of community value to be listed. Assets can be owned by a public body, private company, or an individual.  Examples of assets include parks and play spaces, museums, village / community halls, sports centres, pubs, shops and swimming pools.

We will consider if the asset is of community value and decide if it should be listed. If an asset is listed and the owner decides to sell it, the community may have the opportunity to bid on the asset, depending on the circumstances of a proposed sale.

For further information about our Community Right to Bid process please see the downloadable documents section:

  • Community Right to Bid guidance
  • Community Right to Bid - Assets of Community Value nomination form
  • Community Asset Register - this provides details of all assets successfully and unsuccessfully nominated through the Community Right to bid process. Please note that this list is separate to the Council's Asset Register.

You may also wish to view the Government guidance Community Right to Bid: Non-statutory advice note for local authorities.  There is a range of support available to community groups looking to use the Community Right to Bid.  Further information and funding opportunities can be found on My Community.

Community Asset Transfer

Community Asset Transfer is the transfer of land, buildings or structures (assets) owned by a public body to community/voluntary groups or social enterprises. That group becomes responsible for running and maintaining the asset, including all associated costs.

We will develop long-term partnerships with local communities and organisations wishing to take over the management of council owned assets.  Organisations can approach us at any time to express their interest in an asset transfer.  For further information about our process and how to apply, please see the downloadable documents section below:

  • Community Asset Transfer Policy
  • Community Asset Transfer Process
  • Community Asset Transfer Application Form

Cumbria Compact

We signed the Cumbria Compact in July 2012.  This shows our commitment to work with the Voluntary and Community sector and maintain good working relationships.

The Compact governs the relationship between Public Sector bodies and the Voluntary and Community sector in Cumbria. It has been developed and signed by partners across the county. 

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