Monday, 8 April 2013

Village Pubs Added To Community Right To Bid Register


Two more pubs have been listed as ‘community assets’ allowing local groups to bid to purchase them if they come up for sale.

Applications by the local parish councils to add the pubs to the register were accepted by South Cambridgeshire District Council after the government introduced new rights and powers for communities as part of the Localism Act.

The Three Tuns in Guilden Morden, which closed at the beginning of the year, and The Queen Adelaide in Croydon, which is now up for sale, were added to the register after nominations demonstrated the buildings were of high value to the community.

The aim of the Right to Bid legislation is to help communities to keep valued buildings and land used by the community, such as recreation grounds, local pubs, shop or libraries, in community use.

South Cambridgeshire District Council has placed a local land charge on the properties so the owner must let the Council know when they intend to sell it so that the community can be informed.

Community groups are then given six weeks to state if they have an intention to bid for the asset and then have six months to put together a bid to purchase it for community use. The community bid must compete on the open market and the owner doesn’t have to accept this bid.

News at the end of March that the Queen Adelaide pub is up for sale began the six week period for local community groups to state an intention to bid and they have until 7 May to make their case.

A third pub, The Plough in Shepreth, is also listed as a community asset on the register.

Details of the Right to Bid process and assets listed on the register in South Cambridgeshire can be found by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/content/community-right-bid

Cllr Pippa Corney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “Buildings where communities can get together are often the heart and soul of villages and this register is aimed at giving local groups the time needed for the business plan and financing to be organised to support a community bid.”