West Berkshire Council

Community Right to Bid

Giving communities power to save local facilities

Community groups can use the Community Right to Bid, also known as "Assets of Community Value", to 'pause' the sale of buildings or land they care about, for instance their local pub, shop, library or football ground.
It gives the community time to develop a bid to buy it.

Parish Councils, voluntary and community organisations can nominate both privately and publicly-owned assets to be included on a pdf icon list of assets of community value [19kb].  This list is managed by the council.

If a landowner wants to sell a property on the list, they must tell the council.
If a community group wants to buy the asset, they can trigger a six month period of delay to give them the chance to prepare a bid for it.  During this period, the owner cannot sell their property on the open market. This gives community groups an increased chance to save much-loved shops, pubs or local facilities by developing a proposal and raising the required capital.

At the end of the six month period, the owner is free to sell the asset to whoever they wish and at any price.

Find out more in the pdf icon Guide to the Community Right to Bid [60kb].

Nominations can be made using the doc icon application form [204kb].

Submitted Applications

The Bull Public House, Stanford Dingley

The Ibex Public House, Chaddleworth

The Tally Ho Pub, Hungerford

RBL Garth Hall, Mortimer

 Greenham Common Control Tower

The Old Boot Public House, Stanford Dingley

The Swan Inn Public House, Great Shefford

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