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Could you make better use of vacant or underused land or buildings in your community?

Right to Reclaim Land

Across the country there are significant amounts of land, owned by public bodies, which are vacant or derelict and which could be better used for housing, business or parks. The Community Right to Reclaim Land enables individuals, community groups and other organisations, including developers, to ask that it be brought back into use and even bid to buy it.

Here’s how

Step 1: check that the land you are concerned about is publicly owned

You can establish who the registered owner of the land is by contacting your local authority or the land registry.

Step 2: fill in a Public Request to Order Disposal (PROD) form

You will need to set out evidence making a case for why the land should be sold off and also make suggestions as to how it should be used. Further information can be found on Community Right to Reclaim Land (opens in a new window)

Step 3: send this to

NPCU@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Or post it to:

National Planning Casework

5 St Philip’s Place

Colmore Row

Birmingham

B3 2PW

Step 4: your request will be considered by the Secretary of State

If your evidence is solid, the Secretary of State will issue a notice requiring the landowner to sell. This will normally mean that the land is sold on the open market.

Stage 5: put a bid together

You and your community will have an opportunity to purchase the land on the open market. Discuss your proposals with the existing landowner: they may be prepared to sell at less than market value.

Local authorities can compulsorily purchase derelict/disused land and buildings if they cannot be bought by agreement. If you have ideas to improve land and regenerate your area, but are struggling to reach agreement with the landowner, see if your council can help.

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Local authorities can compulsorily purchase derelict/disused land and buildings if they cannot be bought by agreement. If you have ideas to improve land and regenerate your area, but are struggling to reach agreement with the landowner, see if your council can help.