New Windmill Ground: Asset of community value
The New Windmill Ground has been successfully registered as an Asset of Community Value following a nomination by the Brakes Trust.
As a result of the Government’s Localism Act 2011, people in England can now request that a community amenity, even if privately owned, can be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). This means that the land or property is of significant importance to the local community. If it ever comes up for sale, communities will be able to gain extra time to bid for the ground or asset.
The Trust’s nomination was submitted at around the same time as the Gypsy and Traveller Site objection (see here), and contained much of the same wording with regard to the countless community benefits that the New Windmill Ground provides. The nomination was considered by Warwick District Council, and on 4 June 2014 the Trust was notified by Tracey Darke, Head of Development Services, that it was successful:
The site will now be held on our Register of Assets of Community Value for 5 years from 04th June 2014, and will be de-registered on the 04th June 2019. The register will be held online (www.warwickdc.gov.uk) and a hard copy will be available to view at Riverside House, Leamington Spa.
Should the landowner wish to sell the site during the period of listing on the Register they are obliged to inform us, and we will inform you.
The New Windmill Ground joins a list of grounds up and down the country which have been listed as ACVs, including Old Trafford (Manchester United Supporters Trust), Anfield (Spirit of Shankly), Portman Road (Ipswich Town Independent Supporters Trust), Liberty Way (Nuneaton Town Supporters Cooperative), St Andrews (Blues (Birmingham City) Trust.
The Brakes Trust would like to thank Supporters Direct for their professional advice during this process.