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With the introduction of the Community Right to Bid regulations, communities now have the opportunity to 'stop the clock' on the sale of valued community assets such as a local pub or shop, for up to six months. This window of opportunity will give communities the time they need to create a business plan and gather the necessary finances to bid for the asset.

Under the legislation, local community groups can nominate properties to be listed as ‘assets of community value’. On receiving the nomination from an eligible group, we will then determine the nomination against our policy.

A property which is successfully accepted as an ‘asset of community value’ will, if being sold with a potential change of use, be subject to a six week interim moratorium period where only an eligible community interest group can buy the asset. If a community interest group ‘expresses interest’ in buying the asset during this time, a six month full moratorium period is activated, within which only an eligible community interest group can buy the asset. This will give the community the time they need to put a business plan together and gather the necessary finances to bid.

The owner of the asset does not have to accept an offer from a community interest group, and after the full moratorium period has finished, can sell the asset on the open market to whoever they wish and at whatever price they wish.

For more information on the Community Right to Bid process, please see the Department for Community and Local Government's non-statutory guidance document at the bottom of the page.

Our local guidance on the Community Right to Bid, the application form which will need to be filled out in order to register an asset of community value together with the registers of assets of community value and unsuccessful nominations are below and will be kept updated as and when new assets are added or applications are rejected.

If you have any questions about the process, please email

Assets of Community Value Nominations

Asset of Community Value Notice of Disposal

West Lodge, Locksway Road, Milton, Portsmouth,Hants PO4 8JW

Notice was received from the owner of West Lodge, Locksway Road, Milton, Portsmouth, by Portsmouth City Council of the intent to dispose of the above property which is registered as an Asset of Community Value.

The interim Moratorium Period within which community interest groups may request in writing to be treated as a potential bidder ran until 22 February 2019. No expressions of interest were received in the 6 week interim moratorium period.

The site is now covered by the protected period which runs until 11 July 2020. If the land owner was to sell West Lodge after this date a new moratorium period would be triggered.

For further information please contact: or to the Planning Policy Team, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2BG.

Register of successful nominations 

Site nameSite addressDate of acceptanceNominators

West Lodge

Locksway Road, Milton, Portsmouth, Hants PO4 8JW

14 August 2017

Wind in the Willows Nursery - Portsmouth

St James' Cricket Ground

St James' Hospital, Locksway Road, Milton, PO4 8LD

 28 May 2017

Portsmouth and Southsea Cricket Club

Register of unsuccessful nominations

Site name Site addressDate of refusalNominators

St Peters institute

Frasier Road, Southsea, PO5 IEE

25 March 2013

Pheonix Players

The Eldon Arms

11-17 Eldon Street, Southsea, PO5 4BS

31 March 2017

The Eldon Arms Community Preservation Society

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