Community rights under the Localism Act 2011

Find out about rights for voluntary or community bodies and charitable organisations.

The Localism Act 2011 gives rights to groups such as:

  • voluntary or community bodies
  • organisations set up for solely charitable purposes

Assets of Community Value - the Community Right to Bid

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. Groups can ask the council to list land or buildings as ‘assets of community value’.

Find out about Assets of Community Value in the city and how to apply to add property to the list

Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge means we must consider expressions of interest by ‘relevant bodies’ to provide council services. Where appropriate we will carry out a procurement exercise. Contracts are awarded to the successful bidder.

Find out how to use your Community Right to Challenge

Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood planning is a way for local groups to take a lead on planning the future of their area. It can be led by a parish council or by a neighbourhood forum, which are specially set up for neighbourhood planning. 

Find out about neighbourhood planning in Brighton & Hove.

More information

For more information about community rights, and the support and advice available to communities wishing to take them up, please visit the My Community website.

The Government has created a guide to community rights get the Quick and simple guide to community rights from the GOV.UK website

The arrangements for Brighton & Hove City Council were approved at the Policy & Resources Committee meeting on 11 October 2012.