The Scottish Community Empowerment Act introduces participation requests to help communities contribute to decision-making or participate in service delivery. Do we need this in NI?

The Aarhus Convention makes community involvement in planning decisions a core principle. Do we in the north of Ireland need to back this up with legislation?

Community orgs in England can nominate “assets of community value” regardless of who owns them. If successful, they may get six months to put together an offer to buy it. Should we have this in Northern Ireland?

What does it mean to have the community right to challenge, the right to participate, and the right to own?
Should communities have the right to challenge planning decisions in their localities? How can communities improve the provision of public services?

As we take a look at how legislation in England and Scotland has changed the way communities participate in local democracy there, we discuss how we can do the same here in NI and how legislation can improve a challenging community asset transfer policy.

Community rights & asset transfer

Community rights & community planning

Download the suite of three community rights papers examining community planning, spatial planning, and asset transfer. *

Download Gavan Rafferty’s presentation.

Download Jenny Crawford’s presentation.

Download Lorraine Hart’s presentation.*

Visit New Local, to find out more about how the campaign for a Community Power Act in England is proceeding.

*Shaping Spatial Planning is based on Building the Capacity of the Planning System to Deliver Public Interest in Northern Ireland by Jenny Crawford, Geraint Ellis & Linda Fox-Rogers. Available to download in full here.

*Shaping Asset Acquisition is base on Review of Community Rights for Asset Transfer in Northern Ireland by Lorraine Hart. Available to download in full here.