The Community Rights are a set of powers that give you a greater say over how your community develops. They can help you to save local shops, pubs, libraries, parks and football grounds.
There are four new Community Rights contained within the Localism Act 2011: Community Right to Bid, Community Right to Build, Community Right to Challenge and Neighbourhood Planning. These Rights came into effect in 2012 and devolve power from government to communities, local authorities and individuals.
Community Right to Bid
You can use the Community Right to Bid to ‘pause’ the sale of a building or land you care about, giving your community time to develop a bid to buy it.
Community Right to Build
The Right to Build gives communities the power to build new shops, housing or community facilities without going through the normal planning process.
Community Right to Challenge
The Right to Challenge gives local groups the opportunity to express their interest in taking over a local service where they think they can do it differently and better.
Neighbourhood planning powers give people the chance to decide how their local area should develop and what should be built.