Community Rights

The new Community Rights within the Localism Act give communities more control about what happens in their local area. A package of support has been put in place for each of the Community Rights:
Neighbourhood Planning–Local authorities can apply for £30,000 for each neighbourhood plan to help fund their support and pay towards the examination of plans and a local referendum. If you are thinking of undertaking a neighbourhood plan contact your local planning authority to discuss whether they are willing to apply for the funding.
Community Right to Challenge– Pre-feasibility grants of up to £10,000 - are on offer to help organisations build internal capacity to take over a local service they believe they can run more effectively. Up to an additional £100,000 is then available to organisations that show strong potential to help compete in a procurement process.
Community Right to Bid– Community groups can apply for grants to support them take on ownership of assets to be transferred from public ownership, for example village shops, pubs, community buildings, allotments and heritage libraries. Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available.
Community Right to Build –Support is available for communities wanting to deliver a development where the benefits will be retained by the community for the community. Community groups can apply for a share of £17.5m to development a proposal before the end of March 2015.
For further information on funding available for the Right to Challenge, Bid or Build contact the Community Rights Service at or call 0845 3454564.
For more information on Neighbourhood Planning contact Amanda Kent at RAY on 0845 313 0270.