Under plans announced on 16 January 2021 by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the public will be able to convert vacant plots of land and derelict buildings into new homes or community spaces.
The ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals, which are currently open to public consultation, would make it easier to challenge councils and other public organisations to release land for redevelopment – helping communities make better use of public land and give a new lease of life to unloved buildings.
Underused public land could be sold to individuals or communities by default, unless there is a compelling reason the owner should hold onto it.
Under the proposals, public bodies would need to have clear plans for land in the near future, even if only a temporary use before later development – if the land is kept for too long without being used, they would be required to sell it.
These measures provide an opportunity for the public and local communities to redevelop and transform eyesores, taking control of unused local land or buildings and transforming them into something they want in their area.
The proposals are currently open to consultation. The deadline for responses is 11:45pm on Saturday 13 March 2021.
Further details about the ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals and how to contribute to the consultation are available on the GOV.UK website. The consultation link is at the foot of the article.