Communities get new right to build
THE government’s Community Right to Build scheme, backed by £17m, came into existence this week.
The scheme allows communities to approve new local developments without the need to go through the normal planning application process.
As long as proposals meet certain criteria and there is the backing of more than 50 per cent of voters in a local referendum, they will get the go-ahead.
The Right to Build can be used to help neighbourhoods prosper and can include building family houses to sell or rent; community halls; homes designed specifically to meet the needs of older people; children playgrounds; shops and business facilities.