The Localism Act 2011 introduces statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England.
It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area (within certain limits and parameters).
These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work giving opportunities to:
- choose where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built
- have your say on what new buildings should look like
- grant planning permission for the new buildings you want to see go ahead
The Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme will support groups developing neighbourhood plans in two ways:
- Direct support – advice and support, with an average value of equivalent to £9,500, tailored to meet the needs of supported neighbourhoods
- Grant payments – up to £7,000 per neighbourhood area, to contribute to costs incurred by the group preparing a neighbourhood plan or order.
The programme is underpinned by activities and resources to share learning, promote good practice, and encourage networking for groups developing neighbourhood plans.
Before you apply make sure you talk to your District Council.