Community-led Buildings

These are the frequently asked questions for community-led buildings.

We have separated these questions out into three categories:

– Grants and Technical Support questions
– Application process
– The community-led building process.

Application process

My application link has expired. What do I do?

Your link to the application form will stay live for 30 days, during which time you can revisit it at any time.

It will automatically save the information you have entered provided that you have clicked the ‘next’ button on the relevant page. Once you have pressed the submit button on the final page you will not be able to make any further change or submit your form again.

After 30 days, your link will expire and your application will be lost.

Saving your application in the blank Word application forms

We recommend that you complete your application using the blank application forms in Word to record your answers for inputting into the electronic application form.

Find the blank application forms here.

Get a new application link

To get a new application link, you need to complete the Expression of Interest form again.

This is why we recommend that you save your application in the blank application forms to ensure you have your answers stored safely.

If you have lost your application and have not used the blank Word application form to save your answers, please email


I’ve completed the Expression of Interest form, but haven’t received an application link via email?

Once you have completed and submitted the expression of interest form, this will automatically generate an application form overnight.

If this doesn’t arrive in your email inbox within 12 hours, first try searching your inbox for an email from

Secondly, check your junk and spam folders – these are usually folders stored in or under your Inbox folder.

If you still can’t find the email, you will need to lodge another Expression of Interest form. Before you do this, please add to your safe senders list in your email settings (here’s how to do that in Outlook 2013).

When you complete another Expression of Interest form, please ensure that your email address is correct. You may also want to try with an alternative email address (such as a Gmail or Yahoo account) – some email addresses, such as, tend to automatically filter out unknown addresses.

If you still have not received it after completing two different email addresses and adding the email to the safe senders list, please call the My Community Advice Line on 0300 020 1864.

When do the grant applications close?

The closing dates for grants are as follows:

Grant funding

Applications for grant for 2017-18 can be submitted from 1 February 2017 until 31 January 2018. Expenditure through a grant must be completed within six months or before 31 March 2018, whichever falls sooner.

The community-led building process

What are Community Right to Build Orders?

Communities can now decide what should be built in their communities and where. A Community Right to Build Order allows you to achieve automatic planning permission for community buildings without having to apply to the council in the normal way. Instead, the community holds a local referendum to decide whether projects such as community centres, playgrounds or affordable housing should be given planning consent.

A Community Right to Build order forms one of the neighbourhood planning tools introduced in the Localism Act 2011.  It can be used to grant outline or full planning permission for a specific development and can be produced at the same time as a neighbourhood plan, or separately.

A particular advantage of using Community Right to Build is that where a community organisation decides to also undertake the development, any profit generated by the project must stay within the community.  So buildings constructed by the community organisation can only be disposed of, improved or developed in a way that benefits the community.

Read more about the process and apply for funding

Can the Community Right to Build be used for the redevelopment, renovation or conversion of an existing building?

Only if that conversion or redevelopment requires planning permission.

Does a successful Community Right to Build order actually allow us to build?

Yes, but only if the land in question is under your ownership or control. It is essentially a planning consent.