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.

Important notices for Neighbourhood Planners

Applications for support are now open for this financial year (2021/2022). We are opening with 2 new elements of support:

Bespoke high streets regeneration and social infrastructure support and follow up grant

This support is for groups wanting to bring forward schemes that will foster high street regeneration or provide useful social infrastructure. You do not need to be eligible for technical support to unlock this support.

The number of groups the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) can offer support to is limited. Applications will be opened for a limited time only from 15 April 2021 to 5pm on 17 May 2021.

The window for applying for this support is now closed. MHCLG will consider all applications in tandem and make a decision as to which will receive support in due course.

A new site viability package of technical support

Many neighbourhood planning groups seek to bring forward development on specific sites. To ensure the proposals are both successful and deliverable, they must be viable. This package will help you understand the viability of your proposed development scheme.

Find out more about the new site viability technical support.

How Coronavirus affects neighbourhood planning

Continuing neighbourhood planning during COVID-19

What support can I apply for?

The Government has allocated over £30m between 2018 - 2022 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.

See grant funding

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.

See 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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