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Community Rights and Assets

What are the Community Rights?

The Community Rights are a set of powers which give you more control over your community. You can now have a say in what happens to important local amenities such as shops, parks and pubs.

You can decide what is built in your neighbourhood and how the area should develop. Plus groups have the chance to deliver local services and develop them into community enterprises. The local area is in your hands!

The new Rights are contained within the Localism Act which comes into effect in 2012 devolving power from government to communities, local authorities and individuals.

There are four Community Rights

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. Read Locality's Understanding the Community Right to Build guide and also find out how it works.

Community Right to Bid

The Right to Bid gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy and run valued local amenities if they come onto the open market. (In effect from June/July 2012)

Community Right to Challenge

The Right to Challenge gives local groups the opportunity to register their interest in taking over a council-run service. (In effect from May/June 2012)

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning powers give people the chance to decide how their local area should develop and what should be built.  See our planning policy team's Planning for parishes web page.

Further information

You can find out more about your community rights by visiting the My Community Rights website.

More information is also available in the Plain English Guide to the Localism Act 

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