What kind of property can a community develop Will Government be providing any support for under the new right? communities using the Community Right to Build? The type of property to be built will be for the community to The Government are considering the scope for a decide. collaborative resource which would allow communities to take advice and learn from the experiences of others and Communities might wish to build a mixture of market may include some supportive element. housing for sale, affordable housing for rent, sheltered housing for older local residents, or low cost starter homes for young local families struggling to get on the housing ladder or they might wish to build a new playground for How will the introduction of the Community Right THE ACCORD GROUP children. The Accord Group has experience of developing to Build make places better? The responsibility for the outcome rests with the community. hundreds of sites and is a Registered Housing Provider. The fact that the local community have got together to form Accord can support local communities looking to exercise an organisation to take control of how their community can the Community Right to Build with business planning be improved for the benefit of that community is democracy support and financial appraisals on Community Right to Community Right to Build in action at a very local level. The chance for members of Build proposals. the community to play a meaningful part in shaping their community is a golden opportunity to make it a better place. Can communities take forward other types of development? As well as housing, the Community Right to Build will allow Our Community wants to explore the Right to Build The Accord Group Guide the community to provide other services for the benefit of what should we do? Contact the Accord Group! We can provide a comprehensive local people. For instance, they might offer long-term low package to help you or we can help in the following ways: rent commercial accommodation for a village shop on a serviced tenancy, a community hall, or a sports facility. What is the Community Right to Build? • Help developing a shared vision for a build in the The Community Right to Build gives groups of local people the power to deliver the development that their Community – “Planning for Real®” local community wants, with minimal red tape. • Establishing Community Owned Co-operatives and Mutual Where can the Community Right to Build be used? Housing Organisations through bchs The new right is likely to be most relevant to rural • Assistance in creating plans and bringing them forward to Communities may wish to build new homes or new community amenities, and providing they can communities, where local people agree that more affordable construction – Indesign demonstrate overwhelming local support, the Community Right to Build will give communities the powers homes or, for example a new village hall are needed. The • Assistance in financial appraisal – The Accord Group to deliver this directly. Government are proposing to initially restrict the size of • General support in the Community Right to Build Process – community that might use the right to build. The Accord Group Carl Taylor is co-ordinating the Accord Group’s response to communities exploring the Communities Right to Build programme and can be contacted for an initial chat on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07808 054562. Under what powers will the Community Right to People go on to use their knowledge of living in the area Build be created? to make suggestions by placing cards directly onto the The Government are introducing a Localism Bill which will model. These resulting priority lists form the basis for an pave the way for the creation of Community Right to Build. Action Plan that the community can begin the process of implementing. Community engagement is not just about consultation Where will Community Right to Build be used? and the provision of information, important as these We see Community Right to Build as a means by which like are, it should also be a means by which local people can –minded people come together with a shared vision of what be fully involved in the process of change, interacting they want to achieve in their community and how they can equally with other stakeholders and wielding real power. achieve it. The Government believes that only people who Anything less is unlikely to result in the development of live in the area should be able to use the Community Right sustainable communities or the implementation of effective to Build. neighbourhood renewal. “Planning for Real®” allows local people to engage hands- Can property developers use the Community Right on with issues that affect them and is especially useful for to Build? Community Right to Build proposals because “Planning for The Government believes that only the people who live in an Real®” provides a means of giving local people a voice, and area should be able to use the Community Right to Build. professionals a clear idea of local peoples’ needs. Whilst communities may wish to employ an agency to work alongside them, for example the Accord Group, they may “Planning for Real®” is a flexible tool and has been also wish to develop their own ideas. The Accord Group effectively employed in heavily urban areas such as inner can also assist communities who would prefer to do it city London, in very rural areas in the Highlands and Islands themselves! of Scotland, in very diverse communities, for example those TREFOIL GARDENS found in Birmingham and in very divided communities such as Newtown Hamilton in South Armagh. A community land trust co-operative or mutual housing Once a project proposal has been finalised and community How would a community use the Community Right organisation will overcome the argument that the buy-in has been secured and assuming that there are no to Build? By utilising “Planning for Real®” we believe it is possible development will not be for the benefit of local people; not other legal bars to the project, the community organisation It is likely that members of a community will come together for communities to create a sense of ownership over only will it be for local peoples’ benefit but it will be owned will need to hold a referendum. The Government anticipates and decide that they would like to take forward development proposals for the Community Right to build. It enables by local people. that the local authority will be able to do this on the in their community - be it homes, shops, businesses or a community to have the discussion about what their community organisation’s behalf. bchs has experience of facilities. We can help in providing this vision. Planning for community needs in a constructive manner and to identify many residents’ ballots and will be able to advise you on the Real offers communities a way of getting real ownership the most appropriate places for these developments and best way to approach the ballot to ensure the community over the vision for their community. By giving the people also gives the community ownership over the sort of We form a Co-operative or Community Land Trust has the opportunity to get its views across fairly. the power to physically shape the built environment using proposals that should be bought forward. then what? models, it brings the planning process to life. Once established these community organisations will want to begin developing their projects. This will include engaging Are there going to be any restrictions on a with their community in firming up ideas and in identifying scheme? We have identified a site and have an action plan, Under the scheme, any community which wishes to benefit local needs, discussing opportunities with land owners, How does “Planning for Real®” help? what next? engaging designers and identifying suitable project finance. from development will be able to seek the Community The Government anticipates that the community will Right to Build as long as they can demonstrate that they need to set themselves up as a corporate entity. We can They will also want to have some early discussions with have met various minimum criteria to ensure development help with this process. For over 20 years bchs has been developers and local authorities to identify development is sustainable and have the overwhelming support for the working with communities to establish Co-operatives and opportunities and obstacles to delivery. We can assist in development through a referendum. “Planning for Real®” events are famous for involving community owned mutual housing organisations which give this process, the Accord Group have a design service called models and getting communities to come together over an communities real power over the housing they live in and “In-design”. In-design can assist in developing projects action plan for the future of an area - though these are only a develop. from the stage of being identified by “Planning for Real®” to What is the maximum size of a development using part of the whole process. completion. Employing design professionals and a range of We have helped hundreds of communities to form their the new right? construction experts all with vast experience of community The Government vision is that communities should have the The model of a neighbourhood is often made by local people own enterprises which are now managing and controlling architecture, In-design can work alongside you in the design housing in their communities. We believe that either freedom to develop housing and other facilities that they themselves in order to create a sense of ownership over process. community land trusts, or co-operative and mutual housing agree that they want, subject to minimum criteria to ensure the process. A number of events are run depending on the organisations will work particularly well with the Community the development is sustainable. However, communities will number and nature of the participants. Sometimes separate Right to Build as they are managed and owned by local only be able to expand in size by a maximum of 10 per cent events are run for specific groups, such as young people. communities. over any 10 year period.
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