Venue: Not Applicable
Contact: Una Bell
To consider a nomination to list Lloyds Bank, Ulverston, LA12 7HR, as an Asset of Community Value.
Consideration was given to a nomination from Ulverston Town Council to enter the property currently occupied by Lloyds Bank in Ulverston onto South Lakeland District Council’s list of Assets of Community Value. The property lay within the administrative boundaries of South Lakeland and Ulverston Town Ward and was a Grade 2 Listed Building.
Section 88 of the Localism Act 2011 set out those uses of land which might result in a property being considered an asset of community value. They were uses that furthered either the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community. It went on to say that such use could not be an “ancillary use”. Social interests were then defined as cultural interests, recreational interests or sporting interests.
It was considered that the use of the building as a commercial bank did not represent a use that furthered the social wellbeing or social interest of the community. Whilst it was accepted that there might be some social benefit to those people who used the bank, it was reasonable to suggest such use was ancillary to the building’s use as a bank.
In summary, it was felt that the asset did not currently, meet the social wellbeing or social interests (cultural, recreational and/or sporting interests) of the community in its current use as a commercial bank, nor was there a time in the recent past when it had done so. As detailed within the assessment attached to the report, it was intended to change the use of the premises from commercial to community use. This could not be considered as the legislation was there to protect community buildings which were currently, or had been in the recent past, used to meet the social wellbeing or social interests of a community.
The property currently occupied by Lloyds Bank, Union Street, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 7HR, be entered onto South Lakeland District Council’s list of unsuccessful nominations of Assets of Community Value.
Reasons for Decision
An ambition of the Council Plan 2014-2019 is as follows:-
“Through community engagement and facilitation, we will make best use of our assets, and we will work with local organisations and communities to look at opportunities to maximise the use of our community buildings.”
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
There are no alternative options, as to list this building as an asset of community value would be contrary to the requirements of the legislation.