Community right to challenge

A voluntary or community group can 'express an interest' or bid to run services that are provided by the local authority where they feel they can do so differently and better. For a full details of what voluntary and community groups are defined as in this instance, read Gov.UK, community right to challenge, sections 1.4 to 1.15

The government guidance notes provides detailed information about:

  • services that groups and communities can express an interest in bidding for
  • when expressions of interest can be made
  • what information you need in order to express an interest
  • on what grounds an expression of interest may be rejected
  • amending an expression of interest
  • the procurement process

The website My Community also provides further information about how community groups can get involved in the running of services.

Submitting an expression of interest

If you want to submit an expression of interest, contact our Legal team.

Community right to bid

This allows community groups an opportunity to organise a bid to purchase important local land or buildings if they are for sale. The first step in the community right to bid process is that local groups or parish councils need to nominate buildings or land as 'assets of community value.'

If any of these assets of community value come up for sale, the community can request a 'moratorium' on the sale. This essentially means there is a pause in the sale process until the community can pull together enough financial or business support in order to buy the asset. The moratorium period is usually six months.

The government policy notes provides an overview of the community right to bid.

The website  My Community (understanding the community right to bid) also provides more information about this and also offers support and advice should your community decide to bid for an asset.

Submitting a bid

If you want to submit a bid, contact our Legal team.

Nominations accepted as a community asset

Name of nomination Date nomination received Date listed as an asset

Beehive, Horringer

  • Six week moratorium period triggered on 18 August 2015, expired 29 September 2015.
  • Intention to bid received - moratorium period to expire 18 February 2016.
  • Request for a review to the First Tier Land Tribunal received 14 September 2015.
  • Tribunal decision that listing should remain made 26 April 2016.
28 April 2015 8 June 2015
Bennet Arms Public House, Rougham 1 March 2017 18 April 2017
The Burton Centre, Camps Road, Haverhill 22 October 2012 6 December 2012

The Cock, Little Thurlow

  • Six week moratorium period triggered 27 August 2015, to expire 8 October 2015. Intention to bid received, moratorium period to expire 27 February 2016.
  • No bids were received during the moratorium period.
16 June 2015 9 July 2015

Corn Exchange, Haverhill

  • The initial and extended moratorium periods were triggered and elapsed on 15 September 2016; the protected period ended on 15 September 2017.
  • The property will remain listed until 19 November 2018.
24 September 2013 19 November 2013

Doric Cinema, 146/146A High Street, Newmarket

  • This application was subject to a review. The review overturned the decision and concluded that the asset was not a valid listing. It was therefore removed from the register on 18 November 2015.
6 August 2015 14 September 2015
Doric Cinema, 146/146A High Street Newmarket
  • This application was subject to a review. The review concluded that the asset should remain as a valid listing.
  • Notice was received on 21 September 2016 that the owners of the Doric wish to enter into a regulated disposal which triggered the initial six week moratorium.
  • The initial moratorium period expired on 2 November 2016. No intentions to bid were received during the initial moratorium period and the extended moratorium will not apply.
  • An 18 month protected period was triggered on 21 September 2016 during which the moratorium cannot apply again. This period will expire on 21 March 2018.
4 December 2015 12 January 2016

The Fox, Pakenham

  • Six week moratorium period triggered 4 November2014, to expire 17 December 2014.
  • No application to bid - property now to be sold on the open market without restriction.
19 June 2013



18 September 2013


The Marquis of Cornwallis Public House and Associated Land, The Street, Chedburgh, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 4UH.

  • The Council received notice of the owner’s intention to sell the property on 13 November 2017which has triggered an initial six week moratorium period.
  • The initial moratorium period expired on 25 December 2017, an intention to bid was received.
  • A six month moratorium has been triggered ending on 13 May 2018.
30 September 2016 23 November 2016
Oak Community Woodland (site 2903, Woodland adjacent to Rougham Hill Lorry Park) 3 February 2016 30 March 2016
Solstice House (previously Fox and Hounds pub) Felsham Road, Bradfield St George 1 April 2014 6 May 2014

The Swan Inn, Thetford Road, Coney Weston, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1DN

11 July 2016 09 August 2016

Weeping Willow, 39 Bury Road, Barrow

  • First six week moratorium period triggered on 17 March 2015 - the period has now expired and no intention to bid has been received - a further moratorium period allowing protection to the owner has now been triggered to expire 28 April 2017.
25 February 2015 11 March 2015
The White Horse Public House (currently known as Bradman’s), Withersfield 14 March 2017 9 May 2017
The Crown and Castle Public House 1 August 2017 26 September 2017
The Greyhound Inn, Flempton 4 December 2017 2 February 2018

Nominations refused as a community asset

Name of nominated asset Date nomination received Date refused as an asset
Icepits Wood, Great Barton 11 July 2014 3 September 2014