Community Right to Bid

With all the speculation over what may or may not happen to the planning system in the government’s proposed Economic Regeneration Bill it is important not to forget the Localism Act. On the 21st September the Community Right to Bid came into force.

Under the Localism Act, parish councils and other local and community and voluntary groups can draw up a list of local community assets in public or private ownership. This list can include everything from pubs to open space and is then managed by your local authority. If the owner of the designated asset wants to sell, it is then subject to a 6 month moratorium period. This does not give a community group the automatic right to the best price on the asset – but it does give groups time to work up a proposal and raise the necessary capital before the asset is released onto the open market. 

Don’t forget the potential your open spaces can have when drawing up your list of local assets

Naturally, we think it’s well worth considering your existing woodland and open spaces for planting when drawing up your local list and we’d encourage you to look into this. One of the best ways of protecting woodland you care about from inappropriate development is to bring it into community ownership where everyone can enjoy and appreciate it. It also offers a good way of securing land for future tree planting.

If you would like to know more about this new power please have a look at the Department for Communities and Local Government website where the full details can be found.

Where are the natural assets in your community? 

Victoria Bankes Price, planning adviser

About Kaye Brennan

Senior Campaigner (Policy & Advocacy) for the Woodland Trust and Administrator, 'Woodland Matters' blog
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3 Responses to Community Right to Bid

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  2. Roderick Leslie says:

    As the WT knows, one of the best ways of gaining more access to woodland is to get woods that already exist around our towns and cities working for everyone – they could be in local authority ownership, private ownership or a range of other organisations, which often lack the interest, expertise and money to do anything – but perhaps more than anything, lack the people with a vision who want to enjoy the wood.

    • Hi Rod. Good point well made. We need to knit together as many of these bits of local policy and process as possible to get our wood and trees widely valued and to achieve exactly as you say – woods that already exist around our towns and cities working for everyone.

      Neighbourhood Planning is another way people can help make their wood more visible and valued. As much as we can we need to help people feel able to take part in these grinding cogs of local planning. They are all ways to add a little bit more weight to securing the future of community woods in case further down the line a threat comes calling. As many of us have experienced, it’s all in the planning as it’s too late once the bull dozers turn up.

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