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Community Rights

The Community Rights are a set of powers which give you more control over your community.

community rights

You can now have a say in what happens to local amenities, decide what is built in your neighbourhood and how the area should develop. Plus groups have the chance to deliver local services and develop them into community enterprises.

There are four rights: The Right to Build, The Right to Challenge, The Right to Bid and Neighbourhood Planning.

All you need to know about Community Rights

My Community Rights

Locality has created a website which gives you info and advice about all four Community Rights. It offers a one-to-one advice service to help you use the new rights and apply for funding.

You can also try our Community Buildings Checker – a tool to help give you an overview of whether your community building project is viable.

How the Right to Bid saved the Ivy House pub


Locality offers further support in the following areas:

Community ownership and management of assets

We are the recognised national experts on community asset transfer, acquisition and development – we host the Asset Transfer Unit which has supported 1,500 community-led initiatives since 2007.

Whether you’re eager to transform derelict land into a community garden, take over your town hall or acquire the land you need to develop affordable homes – we can provide support in a number of ways including:

  • ‘Asset of Community Value’ nominations
  • Governance and business planning – start up advice
  • An organisational health check
  • Funding and social financial advice
  • Business plan development support
  • Supported access to our Whole Life Costing tool – the Building Calculator
  • Assistance from private sector property professionals – e.g. legal, financial, planning, surveying – through Locality Brokers
  • Facilities management advice and training

Please visit the Asset Transfer Unit pages or email us at

Right to Challenge

Locality’s Community Contracting Unit (CCU) helps community enterprises to bid successfully for public sector contracts. Community enterprises are directly accountable to the communities they serve, offering innovation, flexibility and added value in a way which other organisations cannot. We believe community enterprises are the best choice for public sector delivery.

The CCU specialises in:

  • Developing collaborative bidding process including consortia development
  • Supporting enterprises and commissioners of activity in ‘co-designing’ services
  • Developing multi-disciplinary outcome focussed service delivery at a local level as a response to complex needs
  • Business planning and financial modelling
  • Contract readiness checks

Contact us through Locality’s Community Contracting Unit