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Community Rights - what you need to know

There are four Community Rights contained within the Localism Act that came into effect in 2012 and aim to devolve power from government to communities, local authorities and individuals.

The links on this page take you to further information on the website, which is hosted by an organisation called Locality, and which also contains case studies, further reading and more. 

What are your Community Rights? 

Community Right to Bid 
The Right to Bid gives communities the opportunity to bid, to buy and run valued local amenities if they come onto the open market. Get advice on owning and managing community assets including asset transfer, which Locality has been supporting through the Asset Transfer Unit for many years.

You can also find out more about the Community Right to Bid in Lichfield District, in our online section.

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. Read the Understanding the Community Right to Challenge guide and find out how it works.

Lichfield District Council has decided to be open to formal expressions of interest in June each year. Download the application form.

If you would like a general discussion about this before completing your expression of interest form, please call 01543 308741 or email

Neighbourhood Planning 
Neighbourhood planning powers give people the chance to decide how their local area should develop and what should be built.

Further reading

Here’s the plain English Guide to the Localism Act. And for those who enjoy plenty of reading – all 500 pages of the Localism Act.

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