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

Grant closure

The deadline for submitting applications for grant support for this financial year (2022/2023) has now passed, so we will be unable to award any grant funding. Applications for technical support are still being accepted.

Support post March 2023

The Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme run by Locality on behalf of DLUHC commenced in April 2018. DLUHC have advised Locality that it is highly likely that funding will be made available for the continuation of support for a further year, 2023-24.

We will update you once DLUHC have confirmed this and will include details of the support available next year, so please monitor this website for further updates.

We will continue to accept applications for technical support and consider these on a rolling basis. However, please note any technical support applications received in late March will not be processed until DLUHC have confirmed continuation of the support for a further year. Once confirmation is received, submitted applications will be processed for approval by DLUHC.

We have no further information at this time and therefore we request that you do not get in touch with specific enquiries on this matter, as we will not be able to provide you with any further detail.

Important information – changes to the application process 2022/23

This year we have made some changes to the application process. Please read the below guidance carefully to understand the changes.

Once you have completed an Expression of Interest (EoI) you will now be automatically directed to the application form which you will be able to begin completing immediately. You will no longer receive an application form link overnight.

If you would like to resume your application form at a later stage, you will now need to save the form prior to closing it by providing an email address and password. Please use the same email address that you provided in your EoI and make a note of the details you save with.

Once saved, you will be sent a link to the log in page where you can access your saved application form by using the email address and password you provided when you saved.

Please note, the application form no longer automatically saves as you go. Every time you would like to leave the form to resume it later, you will need to save it again.

Please refer to the Apply section of the website when the programme is open and the Guidance Notes for full details on the changes to the process.

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 - 2023 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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