Community Rights

People value and love the places they live in. They want great local public services, to protect the things that make their neighbourhood special and to help their community grow and develop in the right way.

To make sure that you and your neighbours have the community that you aspire to, the government has given you legal powers and new opportunities to preserve what you like and change what you don’t like about the city, town or village you live in. You and your neighbours can use the Community Rights to make your community a place of possibility.

Community Right to Bid

You can use the Community Right to Bid to ‘pause’ the sale of a building or land you care about, giving your community time to develop a bid to buy it. £17m in grants are available for the community ownership and management of assets.

Community Right to Challenge

The Right to Challenge gives local groups the opportunity to express their interest in taking over a local service where they think they can do it differently and better. £10m of grants are available to help groups get ready to run public services.

Community Right to Build

The Right to Build gives communities the power to build new shops, housing or community facilities without going through the normal planning process. £17.4m of financial support is available.

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning powers give people the chance to decide how their local area should develop and what should be built. You have the chance to choose where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built. £7.5m of grants and direct support is available to assist groups.

Want to know more?

Further information about the Community Rights process in Thurrock can be found on the Council Website.  Alternatively Locality can provide more information via their website or by phone 0845 345 4564.