£22.5m to boost Neighbourhood Planning

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced a new £22.5 million programme to support communities looking to set up neighbourhood plans.

The new programme, which runs until 2018, aims to support local communities that are drawing up a neighbourhood plan for their area. Neighbourhood planning was introduced in England by the Localism Act 2011 to give people a chance to decide how their local area should be developed and what should be built in the future. Groups will be able to determine where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built and have a say on what new buildings should look like. The new Neighbourhood Planning programme offers both funding in the form of a grant as well as technical advice and support. It follows on from the Government's £9.5 million Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme (2013-2015). Full details including guidance notes and an Expression of Interest form can be found on the My Community website