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RTPI part of winning neighbourhood planning bid

14 March 2013

Dr Peter GeraghtyA consortium led by Locality, which includes the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), has been awarded a contract by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to provide neighbourhood planning support as part of a new two-year programme.

Planning Aid England (PAE), which is run by the RTPI, will help communities through the key stages of the neighbourhood planning process under the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning, 2013-15 initiative. PAE will work directly with neighbourhood planning groups to provide support, advice and professional input to the plans being prepared by those communities.

We will also work with our partners in the Consortium to ensure best practice and lessons learned are shared across the country.

Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) said:

"This is extremely good news for communities getting to grips with neighbourhood planning. New funding over the next two years will help us give them the direct help and support they need to continue to progress their neighbourhood plans and to have a real say and an influence over planning in their local areas."

Prof Gavin Parker, Director for Professional Standards, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) said:

"Planning Aid has a 40-year track record of successfully helping hundreds of thousands of individuals, community and residents groups engage in shaping the areas where they live and work. We look forward to working with Locality and our other partners over the next two years."

This year the Planning Aid service is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Locality is the leading nationwide network of development trusts, community enterprises, settlements and social action centres.

For further information contact:  Tino Hernandez 0783 0879274