This was formerly known as the Public Request to Order Disposal process ('PROD'), which was originally introduced by the 1980 Local Government Planning and Land Act. In October 2011 the Government reformed the PROD process to increase the number of organisations covered by it and to streamline the process.
Its aim is to help communities improve their local area by making information about land owned by public bodies more easily available, and to help ensure that underused or unused land owned by public bodies and some other organisations is brought back into beneficial use.
The Government has created a single, public sector land ownership database, which anyone can use to check the ownership of unused land in their community. Local communities can then request that the Secretary of State orders the disposal of any unused land by downloading the Public Request to Order Disposal Request Form from the Communities and Local Government website.
This new Right covers:
- public sector bodies
- statutory bodies and
- a range of other organisations that are treated similarly, for example HCA, BBC, CAA, National Rail, Post Office, Environment Agency.
For details of the other Rights introduced by the Localism Act, please visit our Community Rights web page.