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Assets of Community value

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Nicky Gavron Nicky Gavron Labour

Would you support the recommendation from a recent Centre for London report with regard to extending the Community Rights established in the Localism Act 2011 and introduce a “Community Right to Buy” for local assets, as exists in Scotland, to make sure that local neighbourhoods are best able to protect their most important buildings?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Centre for London report provides valuable insights into how communities can be more empowered to shape their future neighbourhoods.

We are currently exploring ways in which Crowdfund London and other forms of innovative social financing can support the activity of community groups. The Crowdfund London programme, now in its 6th round, continues to support projects across London and provides valuable capacity building and skills development for community organisations which is a key element of enabling more community-led regeneration.

We have successfully supported campaigns to protect several of London’s at-risk cultural venues, including the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and my cultural infrastructure plan highlights Assets of Community Value as a tool to support cultural venues important to London’s communities. The draft London Plan also supports boroughs to consider approving applications to designate social infrastructure, cultural venues and pubs as Assets of Community Value to help protect their loss. This gives community organisations the opportunity to bid for them if they are put up for sale.