Making a nomination
Certain types of community group have the right to nominate property that is believed to further the social interests or social wellbeing of the local community.
Local authorities must designate a building / land as an Asset of Community Value if it considers:
(a) An actual or current use of the building or other land that is not an ancillary use furthers the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community; and
(b) It is realistic to think that there can continue to be a non-ancillary use of the building or land which will further (whether or not in the same way) the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community.
Land or buildings can also be of community value if in the opinion of the authority:
(a) There is a time in the recent past when an actual use of the building or other land that was not an ancillary use furthered the social wellbeing or interests of the local community, and
(b) It is realistic to think that there is a time in the next five years when there could be a non-ancillary use of the building or other land that would further (whether or not in the same way as before) the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community.
Social interests can include cultural, recreational and sporting interests. Private or publicly-owned property may be nominated.
A residential property cannot be designated as an asset of community value.
It will also be necessary to show that the main use of the property can continue to further social wellbeing/social interests 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.
Who can make a nomination
Eligible community groups can make a nomination where they have a local connection with the area - i.e. the group's activities are wholly or partly concerned with Camden or a neighbouring borough.
Eligible groups are:
- An unincorporated body - with a membership including at least 21 individuals who are registered to vote in Camden (or a neighbouring borough);
- Neighbourhood forums;
- An organisation that is a charity, industrial and provident society or company limited by guarantee which does not distribute any surplus to its members, or a community interest company.
How to make a nomination
The Council has prepared an application form (link below) for making a nomination for a building/land to be designated by the Council as an ACV. This form sets out the information the Council requires to assess whether to designate a proposal as an ACV.
Nominate an asset of community value
Please contact us if you have any queries about the nomination form or the supporting information we require.
How the Council will consider a nomination
When we receive an application, we will check if this has been made by an eligible body (membership of an unincorporated body will be checked against the electoral roll). We will make our decision on the application within 8 weeks of receipt. Decisions are delegated to the Chief Planning Officer, LB Camden.
If we consider the application does not meet the criteria, the Council will provide the reasons why and the nomination will be added to the list of unsuccessful applications. We will also write to you if the nomination is successful.
Assets will remain on the list for five years and a land charge will be registered against the property and a restriction on the title will be registered with the Land Registry. When the five years have expired, an eligible community group is able to submit a new nomination.