Further advice

There are several sources of advice and support for communities who are interested in doing neighbourhood planning.

Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme: from May 2013 the government has been running a £9.5 million, 2-year programme to support communities to progress their Neighbourhood Development Plans and associated Neighbourhood Development Orders. The programme offers hands-on, practical support and grants of up to £7,000 per neighbourhood area. Find more information at the My Community Rights website, run by Locality.

Local planning authorities are under a duty to support and obliged by law to help people draw up their neighbourhood plans. Developers, parish and town councils, landowners and local businesses are also getting involved in neighbourhood planning. Local businesses may also work alongside local residents, local government and others with an interest in the neighbourhood’s future development and growth.

Ourneighbourhoodplanning.org.uk is run by Planning Aid England, part of the Royal Town Planning Institute, to provide resources for communities involved in neighbourhood planning. The site provides:

  • Forums for general discussion and information exchange around neighbourhood planning.
  • Networking groups for local communities developing neighbourhood plans. Each has their own forum, document library, and member list, and can be public or ‘member only’.
  • A resource library with useful documents, case studies,
    videos and links about neighbourhood planning.
  • Events listing with details of neighbourhood planning events throughout England