Assets of Community Value
An Asset of Community Value is defined as: A building or other land is an asset of community value if its main use has recently been or is presently used to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future.
Three buildings – St Mary the Virgin Church, Clapham and Patching C of E Primary School and The Junction – were initially registered as Assets of Community Value by the Council in 2015, as part of the Clapham Neighbourhood Development Plan. However, these listings expired at the end of July 2020 although, in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arun District Council (ADC) reassured the Council that their systems had been flagged to indicate that the Parish Council had now re-nominated the assets and ADC temporarily held back from removing the restriction at the Land Registry.
In order to re-register these assets, the supporting evidence now needs to be much stronger; numerous parishioners have provided invaluable additional information. The Council submitted the re-nominations in September 2020.
May 2023 – nominations for the Church and The Junction have been rejected on the grounds of insufficient supporting evidence.