Rossendale Borough Council

Community Asset Transfer

Rossendale Borough Council's Approach

The Council is committed to working with community groups and local people to ensure that community asset transfer in Rossendale is successful and sustainable in the long-term, in conjunction with (but not exclusive to) the Council’s Asset Management Plan, Core Strategy and Corporate Plan.

The Council recognises and supports the contribution that the voluntary and community sector brings to the vitality and wellbeing of communities across Rossendale and where appropriate the Council will consider a Community Asset Transfer where there is interest from a community based organisation where it is their intention to promote social, economic and environmental wellbeing.

When the Council assets become surplus it may be appropriate for the Council to invite interested relevant parties who wish to take on the management or running of it as a community asset.  

What is community asset transfer (CAT)?

A Community Asset Transfer is where the ownership and/or management of a Council owed asset are handed over to a community based organisation. This would usually be through long term lease or management agreement. Transfer of ownership will only be considered where there is a robust and viable case to do so and will require approval by Full Council.

The Council will manage risks associated with community asset transfer in line with its CAT Policy using the mechanisms available to it as part its assessment of the viability and sustainability of the proposal. This includes, but is not exclusive to the following:

  • Legally binding Service Level Agreements (SLA)
  • Form and length of tenure 
  •  Claw back arrangements
  • Lease restrictions
  • Adoption of the good practice learned from other and previous CATs. 
  •  Other contractual clauses as appropriate.

How does the process work?

Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)
Stage 2: Initial assessment undertaken. Council checks viability / sustainability of proposed community asset transfer and operational/financial stability of applicant – successful or unsuccessful
Stage 3: Full application and business plan assessment of successful EOI applicants & recommendation to Council for final approval
Stage 4: CAT Finalisation & Implementation

The aim of Community Asset Transfer is community empowerment, to ensure that land and buildings are retained, transformed and operated for public benefit through community asset ownership and management.

How to apply

Rossendale Borough Council owned assets identified as surplus for disposal or possible community asset transfer will be listed on the Council’s website, see below.

To apply you will need to register your interest by completing an Expression of Interest form which can be downloaded from this web page.

Please read the full Community Asset Transfer Policy and Guidance document before you submit an expression of interest.

Council owned assets for community asset transfer consideration

This is a living list of Council owned assets that are open for potential community asset transfer. It is considered that this list is not exclusive and includes the following assets, some of which (see *) already have existing arrangements with community organisations:

  • Whitaker Park Museum
  • Stubblylee Hall & Annex 
  •  Stubblylee Greenhouses *
  • Stubblylee Barn *
  • Leisure Facilities:      

- Haslingden Sports Centre *

- Haslingden Swimming Pool *

- Marl Pits Leisure Centre *

- Marl Pits Pavillion and running track*

- Rosendale Ski Slope *

- Whitworth swimming Pool *

- Whitworth Civic Hall *

  • Bacup AB&D Centre *
  • Various Bowling Greens and associated Pavillions
  • Various Public Conveniences
  • Various designated children’s Playground & Parks
  • Various sports and recreational grounds and associated pavilions
  • Liberal Club, Rawtenstall
  • Whitworth Museum *
  • Balladen Community Centre, Rawtenstall *

Where a Council owned asset was not currently on the CAT consideration list and it was felt that should be considered for Community Asset Transfer, this can be proposed to the contacting the Property Services Team on the details below. This ensures that all potential opportunities are considered.

Telephone: 01706 252527

The Business Centre, Futures Park, Rossendale, lancashire, OL13 0BB