Community Right to Bid

Community Right to Bid

The Localism Act 2011 gives communities with a local connection a right to identify properties which, if they came up for sale, they would want to try to purchase.

The legislation does not give a right to buy the property in question – but it does give potential bidders the time to put a proposal together.

Local community and voluntary bodies and parish and town councils are able to identify land and buildings that provide an important service in their community. These community organisations can nominate these assets for inclusion on a register of assets of community value, which in Chesterfield Borough will be maintained by Chesterfield Borough Council.

If an asset on the register comes up for sale, community organisations may have up to six months in which to raise capital and bid to buy the asset, before it can be sold on the open market.

Find out more in the The Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012.


How to make a nomination

Community groups have to meet certain criteria and provide supporting evidence to be eligible to nominate an asset.

A nomination form is available to download below.

Please send your completed nomination forms and evidence requested to:

Policy and Partnerships Manager
Corporate Directorate
Chesterfield Borough Council
Town Hall
Rose Hill, Chesterfield
S40 1LP

Completed forms can also be sent via email to


Help and guidance

We have produced a frequently asked questions information sheet that provides guidance on how the council will administrate the Community Right to Bid process.

You may also find the My Community website useful.


Community assets register

You can find details of all the successful and unsuccessful nominations of community assets in the link below.

Assets of Community Value Register PDF (PDF 112 KB)
Community Right to Bid - frequently asked questions Word (Word 32 KB)
Community Right to Bid - asset nomination form Word (Word 20 KB)

Last updated on 22 September 2023