Milestone reached as community rights uses hit 3,000


The government says that people across England are now benefitting from the community rights programme, coming together to protect pubs, libraries and leisure centres against sell off, creating neighbourhood plans to decide on new local development and deliver local jobs and improved local services.

The total number of uses of the rights has now hit 3,000, with more than 1,500 buildings, assets and green spaces listed under the Community Right to Bid and 1,200 neighbourhood plans well underway.

You can view a new interactive community rights map to find out about listed buildings and other community rights uses in your area.

Community rights include:

Community Right to Bid – helps to protect valued local community assets. Communities can nominate any local building or land as an ‘asset of community value’ and then, if it comes up for sale, they have 6 months to raise the funds to buy it.

Neighbourhood planning – enables local communities to shape the places where they live and work. Residents are directly able to decide what type of development is needed, where it should go and what it should look like.

Community shares – local people can invest financially in community projects. By buying shares and becoming part-owners, they can become supporters, volunteers and advocates, and projects get much needed funding to get started and become financially sustainable.

£50m has been raised through community shares offers since 2012.

For more information about community rights, visit the My Community Rights website