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Two powers under the Localism Act 2011 give new rights to groups such as voluntary or community bodies and organisations set up for solely charitable purposes.
The Community Right to Bid aims to prevent the loss of local facilities such as shops, pubs or libraries being closed or developed for private, non-community use by allowing relevant groups to highlight properties they would like the council to list as ‘assets of community value’.
The Community Right to Challenge means the council must consider expressions of interest by ‘relevant bodies’ to provide council services and, where appropriate, carry out a procurement exercise resulting in the contract being awarded to the successful bidder.
Follow the links below for more details of the rights in Brighton & Hove:
The arrangements for Brighton & Hove City Council were approved at the Policy & Resources Committee meeting on 11 October 2012.
For more information about community rights, and the support and advice available to communities wishing to take them up, please visit the My Community Rights website.
Neighbourhood planning was also introduced by the Localism Act 2011.