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Community Rights

What are the Community Rights?

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.

You can decide what is built and how the area should develop. Groups of people have the chance to deliver local services and develop them into community enterprises.

There are three Community Rights

In addition to Neighbourhood Planning, other Community Rights contained within the Localism Act came into effect in 2012 devolving power from government to communities, local authorities and individuals.

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.

£17m in grants are available for the community ownership and management of assets and investment funding is available though the Big Society Capital.

The Right to Build gives communities the power to build new shops, housing or community facilities without going through the normal planning process.

‘I can do this better – I want to deliver services and set up a social enterprise’

Are you looking to run a local service?

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.

£10m of grants are available to help groups get ready to run public services

Related to Community Rights are:

Visit My Community Rights for greater detail and related downloads.

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