New law to enable communities to reclaim land for public benefit

This change in the law could help local communities get new community garden projects off the ground and more…

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There is currently a large amount of public sector land that could be developed for new homes, businesses and leisure facilities. The amount of previously developed land owned by public bodies is more than twice the size of Leicester – but a complicated and ineffective system makes it difficult to find out where the land is and who owns it, and even harder to request to use it.

By the summer, a new one-stop shop will provide citizens with information about empty land and buildings they can develop to improve their local area. The new online tool will combine information from existing databases to form the bedrock of a new Community Right – the Right to Reclaim Land – which will also include an improved system for members of the public to request that empty public sector land or buildings are sold off, so they can be brought back into use.

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