This designation was a Liberal Democrat initiative, introduced as part of the coalition government in the Localism Act 2011. It enables local community groups to nominate land and buildings as Assets of Community Value (ACV). If the Council approves the designation, then there are certain protections for the asset:
A building or land is of community value if, in the Council’s opinion:
The actual current main use of the building or land furthers the social interests or social wellbeing of the local community and it is realistic to think that there can continue to be a main use which will further the social interests or social well being of the local community.
In the recent past, the main use of the building or land furthered the social wellbeing of the local community and it is reasonable to think that within 5 years the building or land could be brought back into a use that would further the social interests or social wellbeing of the local community.
In this context social interests include cultural, recreational and sporting interests.
Once an asset is listed, the owner cannot then dispose of it without:
If there is land or buildings in Sutton North that you think should be designated as an Asset of Community Value, please let Ruth, Marlene or Steve know.