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Localism and Community Rights

The Localism Act came in to force in April 2012 and its aims is to devolve greater power to councils and neighbourhoods, establishing new Rights for communities.

1. The Right to Plan by producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan - for more information on the process involved see our Neighbourhood Development Plans page. An update on grant availability can be found here

2. The Right to Plan by producing Neighbourhood Development Orders. This allows the community to grant planning permission for development that complies with the order and therefore removes the need for a planning application to be submitted to the local authority.
An update on grant availability can be found here

3. The Right to Build giving communities the right to build small-scale, site-specific projects without going through the normal planning application process.
For information on funding available click here.

4. The Right to Challenge giving communities the right to make a case to be able to tender to run local services.
For information on funding available click here.

5. The Right to Bid - giving communities the right to bid to buy and take over the running of local assets that are important to them.
For more information on the process involved click here.
For information on funding click here.

Communities are understandably keen to find out more about the processes involved and to explore the benefits and concerns in relation to these new rights. 

Click here to find out how GRCC's Localism Lead Project could help your community.