Langdale Hall listed as an Asset of Community Value
Langdale Hall, Witney, has been listed as an Asset of Community Value by West Oxfordshire District Council.
The decision to list the building, in Langdale Gate, was taken on 17 December following a nomination.
In the District Council's opinion, the Langdale Hall satisfies the tests that have to be met under Section 88 (1) of the Local Act 2011, as follows:
(a) An actual 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 non-ancillary use of the building or other land which will further (whether or not in the same way) the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community.
The District Council's assessment takes account of relevant considerations in forming a decision on the nomination. The property owner (Witney Town Council) has a right to request that the listing decision be reviewed.
Diana Shelton, the District Council's Head of Leisure and Communities, said:
"The Localism Act 2011 has introduced the new Community Right referred to as the Community Right to Bid which allows defined community groups to ask the Council to list certain assets as being of community value. The purpose of the Community Right to Bid is to assist local community groups to preserve buildings or land which are of importance to their community's social well-being. The Right to Bid provision does this through regulating that when a listed asset comes up for sale there is a delay in the sale process. This delay is intended to give an increased chance for the local community to bid to buy the asset.
"The District Council is aware that the nomination of the Langdale Hall comes at a time when there is a sale process that is already underway. Therefore, it now gives further notification to the local community of the sale of this asset and we are seeking expressions of interest from any eligible community groups that wish to register an interest in being treated as a potential bidder for the property."
A Notice of Disposal outlining how to submit written requests to be treated as a potential bidder has been published on the Community Rights section of the Council's website at www.westoxon.gov.uk/communityrights. The deadline for written requests is 27 January 2015.
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