Assets of community value

This new right means communities can ask the council to list certain assets as being of value to the community.

What types of property can be listed?

To qualify, a property must have a current or recent use which can be shown to further the social well-being or social interest of the community. Social interests can include cultural, recreational and sporting interests. It can be a private or publicly-owned property. It can't be a residential property.

It will also be necessary to show that the main use of the property can continue to meet these social objectives in the future - or in the case of a property where the use ceased in the recent past - that it could be brought back into social use within five years.

Properties which have not had a social use for some years or have been empty or derelict are not covered by the Act.