A one-stop database of community assets
Keep It In The Community is a unique database of the places and spaces across England that are of value to local people and communities.
It maps thousands of registered Assets of Community Value (ACVs) as of September 2018, and many more buildings already under community ownership. It also invites local groups to add assets which have been identified as benefiting the local community but may be at risk of going into private hands.
Where does this data come from?
Keep It In The Community’s data comes from from a number of sources:
A snapshot of data obtained from every council in England in September 2018, comprising around 5,000 registered ACVs.
Each listing contains as much data as we were able to retrieve from the relevant council at that time, including details such as nomination and expiry dates. Note that any information after September 2018 (eg if an application has progressed) won’t be recorded unless it has subsequently been added by a council or user.
- Sheffield Hallam University, who invited community groups to register their community-owned or managed assets, shared that data with us — adding a further 150 or so entries to the site. These can be identified by their ‘valued by locals’ label. Again, there is scope for users to add more detail to each.
- Councils can maintain existing records and add new onesif they wish to.
- If you are part of a community group or have a connection to a building that is, or should be, an ACV or community owned, you can add it — or add further details to existing records.
While we’re not in a position to maintain the data on registered ACVs from councils in the future, Keep It In The Community does give a picture of the thousands of spaces and places perceived to be of value to their communities up and down the country — and invites councils and community groups to help keep the information current.
Make these listings accurate — and special
If you’d like to add a new asset or edit the information about an existing one, fill in the form on the front page, and then click an existing asset, or on the map where you would like to add one.
For any listing, you can add photos, the name of the community group that is backing its status, more detail about the building’s history, etc. Your collected memories and descriptions will stand as a public statement on why it has value, and could also be used as supporting documentation if you are planning to go through the process of getting a place registered as an ACV.
All changes are recorded publicly on the site so it’s possible to keep track of who made which changes and when – always useful if any mistakes creep in.
Why this site exists
We knew from the beginning of the project that it would be valuable on both a local and national level to map ACVs — so that researchers could see the nationwide picture, and locals could understand which assets were located in their own neighbourhoods.
Without you, though, some of this data will age. We’re hoping the passionate people within the community will help to keep it current and up to date.
And, as we’ve already mentioned, each entry could stand as a very useful resource for your application to register a new ACV. Find out more on our FAQs page.