Community Right to Bid - Step 3
Step 1: A listed asset comes up for sale.
If the owner of a listed asset wishes to sell it or grant a lease of 25 years or more then they have to inform the Council in writing and delay the disposal for a minimum of six weeks to give the nominating organisation time to confirm whether they wish to make a bid. Those that nominated the asset will be notified of its proposed sale by the Council with instructions on what to do if they want to make a bid.
If during the six weeks a request to bid is made, then the owner cannot dispose of the asset (other than to the community interest group) until the end of a six month period. This six month period allows time for the group to raise finance, put together a full business model and make a full bid for the asset for the owner to consider.
The owner of a listed asset does not have to sell it to a community group. At the end of the six month period the owner is free to sell it to whomever they wish under normal market conditions.
There are some exceptions under which the owner does not need to inform the council that they wish to dispose of the asset. These will be detailed in the Regulations when they’re published.
Birmingham City Council has a history of transferring land and buildings to third sector organisations through its Community Asset Transfer Protocol; this will continue to be used after the introduction of the Right to Bid. When considering requests this Protocol takes account of the contribution third sector organisations make to the delivery of desired outcomes in neighbourhoods. Recent examples of assets transferred to third sector organisations under this Protocol include the transfer of Norton Hall to Norton Hall Children and Family Centre, Perry Common Community Centre to Witton Lodge Community Association and Billesley and Yardley Wood Community Centre to Malachi Community Trust. For more information please click on the link above.