The Community Right to Build, which came into force on Friday, 6 April 2012, gives groups of local people the power to “deliver the type of development that their local community needs. This could be building new homes, new businesses, shops, playgrounds or meeting halls”. Community groups in England (outside Greater London) have now been invited to apply for a share of £17.5m funding which is being made available to help groups to formally establish, build up their development proposals and submit a Community Right to Build Order. The funding is available until the end of March 2015. Any community group or parish council can seek to access the funding provided that they have constituted a formal organisation that meets certain basic standards.
Community groups that are considering applying for a Community Right to Build Order are encouraged to first discuss their proposals with the Community Right to Build Support Hub Locality.