Rushcliffe Borough Council have granted an application to list Lutterell Hall in West Bridgford as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).
The application made by St Giles’ Preschool, who are based at the site, means the building cannot be sold without giving a community group the opportunity to purchase it.
If a group wishes to buy Lutterell Hall, this application means they can trigger a six month period in which they are given time to raise the money to purchase the building should the authority seek to relinquish ownership of the venue.
In May, the Council highlighted the need to assess the future options for the Hall, in line with the potential marketing by Nottinghamshire Police of the neighbouring West Bridgford Police Station and Community Contact Centre site.
The ACV update has been announced as the Council confirmed it is set to further assess options to market the Hall after continued dialogue with Police.
This will be alongside considering any expressions of interest from community groups that then can be appraised with the options to retain Lutterell Hall for community use, as agreed at its Cabinet meeting in June.
Leader of the Council Cllr Simon Robinson said: “We are pleased to have granted this application from the preschool and welcome further expressions of interest from third parties as to the Hall’s future use or ownership.
“As we stated at our Cabinet meeting in June, a future report will consider any expressions of interest in the Hall and the outcome of marketing the site that then can be appraised alongside the options to retain it.”