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Assets of Community Value

We advise clients on all things ACV-related. Whether you need advice on resisting an ACV nomination, reviewing a decision to list an asset, pursuing a compensation claim or input on how to achieve your planning goals despite an ACV listing, we can help.

Our Assets of Community Value expertise

The Localism Act 2011 introduced the opportunity for communities to nominate local land and property for listing as ACVs by their local authority. ACVs are subject to strict restrictions on disposal and often a statutory moratorium must be observed before a sale is allowed, giving local community groups time to put in a bid for the property.

ACV listing can make it more difficult to obtain planning permission for change of use or redevelopment of the listed asset, which can be immensely frustrating for property owners intending to realise a planning gain from their investment.

We advise clients on all things ACV-related. Whether you need advice on resisting an ACV nomination, reviewing a decision to list an asset, pursuing a compensation claim or input on how to achieve your planning goals despite an ACV listing, we can help.

Why choose our assets of community value team?

  • We are experts – pubs and bars are by far the most common targets of ACV nominations and our years of experience in the drinks, hospitality and leisure sector have allowed us to develop a market-leading specialism in this niche area of law
  • We achieve results – our success rate speaks for itself; we have successfully resisted over 60% of the ACV nominations and reviews we have been instructed on
  • We think differently – where a property is already ACV listed we use our expertise in ACV, commercial property and planning law to mitigate the negative effects of listing and help you achieve your goals
  • We speak your language – our industry knowledge means that we understand the wider issues around ACV listing and your concerns as a property owner.

How we can help

  • Advice and support in relation to the ACV regime, Community Right to Bid, the Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012
  • Resisting ACV nominations
  • Conducting ACV listing reviews
  • Appealing ACV listing to the First Tier Tribunal and above
  • Obtaining compensation for ACV listing
  • Advancing planning aspirations.

"Freeths’ work advising on and responding to ACV nominations has been excellent. They have achieved some great results for us and I would certainly recommend their services to any property or pub owners who have received an ACV nomination or had a property ACV listed."

David Nathan

Director - WH Brakspear & Sons Ltd

"We needed a professional approach from an experienced practice to defend us against an application to make our pub into an Asset of Community Value. We spoke to several friends in the same line of business and they recommended Freeths. Their approach was very efficient, taking into account all of our points as well as adding several of their own that we would not have thought of. We won our case. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone requiring help in this area."

David Brown

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