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Localism Act 2011

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Service Director, Legal and Governance

Wakefield Council
County Hall,

​The Localism Act received Royal Assent in November 2011 and contained a number of provisions relating to new ‘community rights’.

Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge aims to give communities (voluntary and community groups, parish councils and local authority staff) the opportunity to shape and run local public services where they believe they can do so differently and better. They may think they could deliver services better or cheaper, make them more responsive to local needs, offer additional social value, or deliver better value for money. The services may be at any scale of activity from very local and small to authority wide.

Community Right to Designate Assets of Community Value

The Community Right to Designate allows communities and parish councils to nominate buildings or land, owned by an individual or a body, to be entered on a register as an asset of community value, which is administered by the Council. An asset can be listed if its main purpose develops their community’s social well-being or social interest and it is likely to do so in the future. When a listed asset comes up for sale by the owner, a moratorium on the sale, of up to six months may be introduced, giving local community groups a better chance to develop a business, and raise funds ready to make a bid to buy the asset.

Neighbourhood Planning processes.

New Neighbourhood Planning allows local people to be involved in shaping the future of the areas in which they live and work. It gives people greater involvement and ownership of the plans and policies that affect their area. These local planning policies will become part of the planning framework and will be used when considering planning applications in the area. Neighbourhood planning is not led by the Council but is the responsibility of either a town or parish council or a designated neighbourhood forum.

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