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.

As part of a pilot, additional support is available for groups bringing forward affordable housing for sale.

Important notices for Neighbourhood Planners

How Coronavirus affects neighbourhood planning

Continuing neighbourhood planning during COVID-19

Applications for grant support are now closed for this financial year (2020/2021) and applications for technical support will close soon

Applications for grant support for 2020-2021 have now closed.

Applications for technical support can be submitted until 5pm on 26 March 2021. This means the last date for completing an Expression of Interest form for a technical support application in this financial year is 5pm on 25 March (you will still need to complete your application form by 5pm on the 26 March).

Information about applying for grant and technical support in the 2021-2022 programme will be coming soon. Please watch this space for further updates.

Basic grant increase

Due to the impacts of coronavirus, the Basic Grant allowance has increased from £9,000 to £10,000. Further information can be found on page 8 of the guidance notes.

Further support for designated forums and/or groups in deprived areas

The Additional Grant and technical support criteria has been extended to support designated neighbourhood forums, and groups based in deprived areas (where 30% or more of the neighbourhood area or population is in the 20% most deprived areas in England in accordance with the Index of Multiple Deprivation). These groups can also receive a new facilitation package.

Find out more in the Guidance notes.

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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