Neighbourhood Planning Funding

9th December 2015
Neighbourhood Planning Funding
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Funds available for Neighbourhood Planning...

Neighbourhood Planning enables communities to shape the future of their area, within certain limits.  Residents can decide on where they want new homes and shops to be built and what they want them to look like.

The concept was introduced under the Localism Act in 2011 and now DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) has made funding available for up to £7,000 per community to help draw up their plans.

Communities will be able to apply for grants and support from a number of organisations working with nationwide charity Locality.

Information is available via a website, My Community Rights, which offers advice and links to support and guidance for Neighbourhood Planning and other localism rights.

ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England), the national umbrella organisation for England's 38 county-based rural community councils (RCC's), says its network is ready to help communities make the most of the money available.

Around 1000 communities are already up and running as Neighbourhood Planning Groups and the first Neighbourhood Plans to be completed are now being adopted as part of the local plans in their areas.

Rural Action Derbyshire, a member of the ACRE network, has supported over 60 communites in the county to produce Parish Plans and more recently Community-Led Plans.  RAD was involved from the start in one of the first 'frontrunner' Neighbourhood Development Plans in Chapel en le Frith and is now working on another NP in Ripley.  RAD has been advising Parish Councils and neighbourhoods on the process since the Localism ACT came into force in 2012.

Nick Chase, Director of Policy and Research at ACRE said:

"The DCLG funding is great news for communities who are in a position to access the monies that are available.  With up to £7,000 available per community it demonstrates the Government's commitment to establishing 'localism' as the norm".

"The longstanding experience of RCC's in helping rural communities to develop Parish Plans and the more holistic Community-Let Plans, menas they are ahead of the game and will be the natural port of call for many rural communites wanting to develop a Neighbourhood Plan".

"Communites in rural areas will be able to call upon the help of their trusted Rural Community Council to submit an application for the grants available.  RCC's are independent charitable bodies with a very long history of 'being there' for rural communites.  They are not 'flown in' consultants and really do know the people and the area they both live and work in".

"RCC's will be able to help Parish Councils and communities through the process so that their Plans can stand up to the consultation, inspection and referenda stages".

Download a copy of the Locality Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap.

Communities who want to develop a Neighbourhood Plan can contact Joe Dugdale on 01629 592974 or by email at

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