The Localism Act aims to transfer power from central government and hand it back to local authorities and communities – giving them the freedom and flexibility to achieve their own ambitions.
For more information read the Government’s Plain English guide to the Localism Act . Different parts of the Act will come into effect at different times.
The five key measures included within the Act cover community rights, neighbourhood planning, housing, empowering cities and other local areas and the general power of competence.
The main measures of the Localism Act fall within four headings:
- new freedoms and flexibilities for local government
- new rights and powers for communities and individuals
- reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective
- reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally
The Localism Act has introduced new rights and powers for communities and individuals.
Community right to bid
The Right to Bid gives communities a right to identify a property that is believed to be of social or community value and gives them a fair chance to make a bid to buy the property on the open market if the property owner decides to sell. Currently only eligible community groups, local parish councils or local neighbourhood planning forums and charities can nominate.
Community right to challenge
The Localism Act includes the right called Community Right to Challenge. This means we can receive an ‘expression of interest’ about how to run a service. Our Community Right to Challenge offers to work with those interested in submitting a challenge to get to the heart of the issue.
Community asset transfer
Community Asset Transfer is a long term leasehold or freehold transfer arrangement entered into by the Council with a community group or social enterprise at market or below market value to stimulate the social, economic or environmental well-being of the people living and working in North East Lincolnshire. We believe that a property that has previously been used for public benefit should be available for community ownership.
Who can apply for Community Asset Transfer?
- Parish and town councils;
- Any not for profit organisation with an asset lock built into its constitution including the following:
- a charity, including charitable incorporated organisations
- a Community interest company
- a Community Benefit Society
The Community Asset Transfer approach (PDF, 419KB) gives more information on the process and support available to groups. The Community Asset Transfer flowchart (PDF, 539KB) shows the process and timeline in more detail.
Community right to bid and Community Asset Transfer
Assets Team, Municipal Offices, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU
Community right to challenge
Commercial Services, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HU
Telephone: 01472 323018