Planning Support

Shape the future of your local area by creating a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.

Welcome to Neighbourhood Planning Support, where you’ll find everything you need to know about how to develop a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order and what support is available to you.


We are now open for applications for grant and Technical Support.

DLUHC have extended the support for a seventh year (2024/2025). The Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme will continue to offer grants and Technical Support packages.

Please apply via the Apply page of the website.

The anticipated high demand for neighbourhood planning support means that it will be necessary to prioritise applications.

The process for prioritising Technical Support applications will be determined by DLUHC, taking into account Government priorities such as housing, regeneration, climate change and environmental improvement.

Currently, there is no requirement to prioritise grant applications; however, if the amount of available funding is insufficient to meet the demand, we may need to prioritise applications in the future. Please note, that expenditure met through grant must be completed on or before 31st March 2025

Celebrating 10 years of Neighbourhood Planning

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Throughout this month and beyond, we’re celebrating 10 years since the first neighbourhood plans were made.

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What support can I apply for?

The Government has allocated over £45m between 2018 - 2024 to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders.
You can apply for grant funding and/or Technical Support if you are eligible.

Grant funding

If you're working on a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order, you can apply for grant funding of up to £10,000. Further grant funding is available to groups meeting certain criteria.

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Technical Support

If you're facing complex issues such as allocating sites for development, you can apply for Technical Support where a specialist advisor will support you with specific issues or assessments.

Technical Support

Find what you need

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Toolkits & Guidance

Find all the resources you need to guide you through the process of neighbourhood planning.

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Need inspiration or want to know what others are doing around the country? Post questions, get support, and connect with the neighbourhood planning community.

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Can't find what you're looking for? We'll help you find the answer to your questions.

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