The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a new £22.8 million funding package to continue to support the Neighbourhood Planning Programme until 2022.
The funding, which will be around £5.5 million per year until 2022, will provide communities with specialist support to help develop a Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and enables communities to influence future developments in their area. Since the Neighbourhood Planning Programme was introduced in 2012, over 2,200 groups have started the neighbourhood planning process, covering areas of nearly 12 million people across England; giving local communities a say in the development of their area including where homes, shops, green spaces and offices should be built and how they should look.
Examples of what the Neighbourhood Planning Programme has supported in the past include:
- Help with putting together project plans
- Undertaking household surveys
- Training sessions
- Help with developing the evidence base for neighbourhood plans.