The Localism Act (2011) received Royal Assent on the 15th November 2011, with different parts of the Act coming into force at different times.
The Act established a number of community rights with the purpose of giving more power and control to local councils and their communities, as explained below.
Neighbourhood Planning/Community Right to Build - effective from 6th April 2012
Community Right to Challenge - effective from 27th June 2012
Community Right to Bid - effective from 21st September 2012
The Department for Communities and Local Government has produced a guide, which aims to explain some of the key aspects of the Act.
The council has strong links with the community and voluntary sector and will be engaging with them to get the maximum benefit for the people of Poole from these new rights.
Support to help with Community Rights
The government is fund the My Community Advice Service and the My Community Network. The advice service provides expert help and support to anyone who wants to find out more about the Community Rights and how to take control over local land and buildings, local services, the local economy and carry out Neighbourhood Planning. The service gives them the opportunity to download resources from the website, or seek help by email or over the phone with an advisor. Both the advice service and network are completely free to use and join. Details can be found at mycommunity.org.uk