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Assets of community value

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Assets of community value are areas of land or buildings within the borough that enhance the social wellbeing and interests of the local community.

Local organisations and community groups can register an interest to potentially buy an asset of community value.

Read the eligibility criteria

There are certain eligibility criteria the land or building must meet.

What we need to know

If the land or building meets the criteria, you can register your interest by giving us:

  • A description of the land/building you want to nominate.
  • The name of the owner/occupant of the land or building.
  • Why the organisation which you represent is eligible to nominate an asset.
  • How the land or building enhances, or could enhance, the social wellbeing and interests of your local community.

Nominating an asset

You can nominate an asset by completing the nomination form and returning it by email to  david.wilcock@rochdale.gov.uk or by post to:

Assistant Director Legal, Governance and Workforce
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Assets of Community Value Nomination Form (102kb pdf)

We'll consider your nomination and let you know our decision within 8 weeks of receiving it.

Assets of community value register

We hold a register of nominations for the assets of community value we receive. This register includes both successful and unsuccessful nominations and will remain on the register for 5 years from the date the decision was made.

Once a property is registered as an asset of community value, interested parties including the owner will be notified of our decision. The owner may request an internal review of the registration decision and appeal to the First Tier Tribunal in the High Court if unhappy with the outcome of the review decision.

It's not possible for nominators to appeal the decision made about their nomination.​

Community right to bid - list of assets of community value

(both successful and unsuccessful nominations)

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Asset name and address Springhill Playing Fields, Crompton Avenue, Rochdale
Date of nominationTuesday, 16 January 2018
Nominator name and addressMr Howard Sutcliffe
Chair of Springhill Playing Fields Action Group
1 Crompton Avenue
Rochdale
OL16 4PB
Was nomination successful?Yes
If successful date listedMonday, 19 March 2018
Reason for listing The provisions of S88 of the Localism Act 2011 are met. There are2 current uses of the land which are compatible with each other. The first being sporting use and the second as recreational open space. The use of the land for both sporting and recreational purposes furthers the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community.
Date listing expiresSaturday, 18 March 2023 
Is listing being reviewed? No
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?No

Expiry date of interim moratorium period

Date expression of interest received
Name of community group expressing an interest
Expiry date of Protected Period
Asset name and address King William IV PH, Shore Road, Littleborough, OL15 9LW
Date of nominationMonday, 13 November 2017
Nominator name and addressGaynor Murgatroyd on behalf of the Friends of the King Bill
Was nomination successful? Yes
If successful date listed 16 January 2018
Reason for listing The provisions of S88 of the Localism Act 2011 are met. There was a time in the recent past when the asset’s primary use furthered social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and it is realistic to think that there can continue to be a non-ancillary use of the premises which would further the social well-being and interests of the local community in the next 5 years.
Date listing expires15 January 2023
Is listing being reviewed? No
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?No
Date disposal notice received  
Expiry date of interim moratorium period  
Date expression of interest received  
Name of community group expressing an interest  
Expiry date of Protected Period  
Asset name and address Former Balder​stone School, Queen Victoria Street, Rochdale
Date of nomination
Nominator name and addressMark Sutcliffe on behalf of Balderstone Free School
Was nomination successful? No. The provisions of S88 (2) (a) & (b) of the Localism Act 2011 are not met: The property is in poor repair and it is not considered realistic that the buildings could be brought back into use. Potential future uses identified in the nomination are not considered to be non-ancillary as the asset was previously used as a school.
If successful date listed N/A
Reason for listing N/A
Date listing expiresN/A
Is listing being reviewed? N/A
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?N/A​
Date disposal notice received  
Expiry date of interim moratorium period  
Date expression of interest received  
Name of community group expressing an interest  
Expiry date of Protected Period  
Asset name and address Spotland Stadium, Sandy Lane, Rochdale OL11 5DS
Date of nomination        
Nominator name and addressJulie Clarke, Company Secretary, Rochdale Hornets Rugby League
Was nomination successful? Yes
If successful date listed 29 April 2014
Reason for listing The provisions of S88 (1) (a) & (b) of the Localism Act 2011 are met. Spotland Stadium is currently in use as a sports ground and meets the eligibility criteria as land of community value.
Date listing expires28 April 2019
Is listing being reviewed? No
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?No
Date disposal notice received  
Expiry date of interim moratorium period  
Date expression of interest received  
Name of community group expressing an interest  
Expiry date of Protected Period  
Asset name and address Fire Station, Maclure Rd,Rochdale OL11 1DN
Date of nomination        
Nominator name and addressBob Bonner Curator and Secretary, Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust
Was nomination successful? Yes
If successful date listed 21 August 2014
Reason for listing The provisions of S88 (2) (a) & (b) of the Localism Act 2011 are met. It is realistic to think that there could be a non-ancillary use of the building which would further the social well-being/social interests of the local community in the next 5 years.
Date listing expires20 August 2019
Is listing being reviewed? No
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?No
Date disposal notice received 15 August 2018
Expiry date of interim moratorium period 25 September 2018
Date expression of interest received  
Name of community group expressing an interest  
Expiry date of Protected Period 14 February 2020
Asset name and address Units 1 and 2, Pioneer Mill, Morton Street, Middleton M24
Date of nomination        
Nominator name and addressAnne Marshall on behalf of Middleton Popstars Academy for Performing Arts Ltd
Was nomination successful? Yes
If successful date listed 4 February 2020
Reason for listing N/A
Date listing expiresN/A
Is listing being reviewed? N/A
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?N/A
Date disposal notice received  
Expiry date of interim moratorium period  
Date expression of interest received  
Name of community group expressing an interest  
Expiry date of Protected Period  
Asset name and address Summit Bowling Green, Heywood
Date of nomination        
Nominator name and addressBob Wild, Chairman on behalf of the Summit Bowling Club
Was nomination successful? Yes
If successful date listed 20 March 2015
Reason for listing The provisions of S88 (1) (a) & (b) of the Localism Act 2011 are met. The Summit Bowling Green is currently in use as a bowling green and it is realistic to think that there can continue to be a non-ancillary use of the premises which would further the social well-being and interests of the local community in the next 5 years.
Date listing expires19 March 2020
Is listing being reviewed? No
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?No
Date disposal notice received  9 February 2016
Expiry date of interim moratorium period  22 March 2016
Date expression of interest received  7 March 2016
Name of community group expressing an interest  Summit Bowling Club
Expiry date of Protected Period  5 September 2016
Asset name and address The Baum, 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 1NU
Date of nomination        
Nominator name and addressRobin Parker on behalf of the friends of The Baum
Was nomination successful? Yes
If successful date listed 17 March 2016
Reason for listing The provisions of S88 (1) (a) & (b) of the Localism Act 2011 are met. The Baum is currently in use as a public house and it is realistic to think that there could be a non-ancillary use of the building which would further the social well-being/social interests of the local community in the next 5 years
Date listing expires16 March 2021
Is listing being reviewed? No
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?No
Date disposal notice received  
Expiry date of interim moratorium period  
Date expression of interest received  
Name of community group expressing an interest  
Expiry date of Protected Period  
Asset name and address Barkers Wood, Junction Starring Lane and Starring Road, Littleborough OL15 8LW
Date of nomination        
Nominator name and addressMark Trevillion on behalf of Friends of Barkers Wood
Was nomination successful? Yes
If successful date listed 14 April 2016
Reason for listing The provisions of S88 (1) (a) & (b) of the Localism Act 2011 are met. Barkers Wood is currently in use as woodland to further the social well-being or social interests of the local community and it is realistic to think that there can continue to be a non-ancillary use of the land to further the social wellbeing and interests of the community.
Date listing expires13 April 2021
Is listing being reviewed? N/A
Has an appeal against listing been lodged?N/A
Date disposal notice received  
Expiry date of interim moratorium period  
Date expression of interest received  
Name of community group expressing an interest  
Expiry date of Protected Period   ​
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Notices of Intention to Dispose of an Asset of Community Value

Once an asset is listed, the owner cannot dispose of it without letting the authority know. Community groups will then be given 6 weeks to decide if they want to make a bid (the Interim Moratorium). If they do, then there will be a 6 month moratorium period (the Full Moratorium) during which the owner cannot sell the asset. It is important to note that the owner does not have to sell the asset to the community group.

Bidding for an Asset of Community Value

An expression of interest/ intention to bid can only be submitted for assets on our list of Assets of Community Value.

When an owner lets us know that they want to dispose of an asset on the List, we will: 

  • let the nominating group know.
  • publicise the owner's intention to dispose.
  • amend the List of Community Assets to show the end dates of the interim and full moratorium periods and the protected period. 

How can I make a bid?

If a voluntary of community group wants to buy the asset, it has 6 weeks to let the council know. If a group wants to put a bid together to buy the site they will be given 6 months to do so, during which time the property cannot be sold.

An expression of interest should be sent, by post, to the Assistant Director of Resources (Legal Governance & Workforce), Rochdale Borough Council, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU.

The current notices are below:

Contact

01706 924739

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Legal Services
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU