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
The Locality offices are closed between Christmas and New Year.
Please note decisions on any applications received in December may not be made until January 2022, and you should not commit to any expenditure prior to receiving a grant offer.
If you submit an enquiry through the advice service after Wednesday 15th December, we will not be able to respond until the team return on the week commencing Monday 3rd January 2022 (after the bank holiday Monday on the 3rd).
Application deadline for grants for this financial year (2021/2022)
Applications for grant for the 2021-2022 financial year can be submitted until 5pm on 31st January 2022. This means the last date for completing an Expression of Interest form for a grant application is 5pm on 30th January (you will still need to complete your application form by 5pm on the 31st January). Expenditure through a grant must be completed on or before 31st March 2022.
Applications for technical support will be considered on a rolling basis and are not affected by these timeframes.
As noted below, as soon as we know more information about funding in April, we will update the website.
Support post March 2022
The current four year Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme run by Locality on behalf of DLUHC commenced in April 2018, and runs until the end of March 2022.
DLUHC are in the final stages of the Spending Review 2021 process which will allocate funds to all programmes across Government, beyond March 2022. As part of this process the DLUHC Neighbourhood Planning Team have been exploring the allocation of further funds for neighbourhood planning. As soon as possible but within the confines of this bigger process, the DLUHC NP Team hope to be able to provide us with more certainty as to whether they are able to extend the neighbourhood planning support along current lines (an extension from April 2022 for at least a year). As soon as we have further news on the continuity of funding, we will let you know.
All updates will be posted here, so please monitor this website for further updates. 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.
You can also subscribe to our quarterly newsletter for updates in due course (you can subscribe at the bottom of this page).
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.
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
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
Toolkits & Guidance
Find all the resources you need to guide you through the process of neighbourhood planning.See toolkits & guidance
Need inspiration or want to know what others are doing around the country? Post questions, get support, and connect with the neighbourhood planning community.See network
Can't find what you're looking for? We'll help you find the answer to your questions.See advice