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Community Rights: Legislation that give communities more control

Legislation such as the new Community Rights give communities more control about what happens in their local area, and how local services and amenities are delivered or how new development is planned.

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How might the government and legislation align and play a part in community ownership of their living environment? This idea from the UK shows an instance where a Bill was passed in Parliament to balance power from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils with regard to building, neighbourhood planning, local services and facilities.

While organic, community-driven initiatives tend to focus on the community itself, perhaps the authorities can also play a part 'back-stage', creating the space (in legislation/public sector) to enable communities to better self-organize?

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Extracted from the website  http://communityrights.communities.gov.uk :

"The new Community Rights give communities more control about what happens in their local area.

They give local people and groups a greater say about what happens to local amenities, how local services are delivered or how new development is planned.

Two Community Rights came into effect in April 2012:

Community Right to Build – giving communities the right to build small-scale, site-specific projects without going through the normal planning application process
neighbourhood planning – giving communities more say about what can be built in their area

Another Community Right came into force in June 2012:

Community Right to Challenge - giving communities the right to bid to run local council or fire and rescue authority services where they think they can do it differently and better. The Department for Communities and Local Government has published statutory guidance which explains the legislation in more detail.

Another Right is expected to come into effect shortly:

Community Right to Bid – giving communities the right to bid to buy and take over the running of local assets that are important to them. This is expected to come into effect in autumn 2012."

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Great share on how governments are doing things elsewhere, Jason.