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Planning Aid England publishes Neighbourhood Planning resources for community groups

17 April 2015

Neighbourhood Plans Website

Planning Aid England has produced a suite of resources to assist those developing a neighbourhood plan.

 The resources provide practical tips and advice on various stages of the neighbourhood plan process from designating the neighbourhood area to submitting the plan for examination. They are designed for community groups to use.

 Trudi Elliot, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“These resources have been created using Planning Aid England’s wealth of experience and  knowledge from assisting community groups through the neighbourhood planning process. The resources will allow many more groups to do so in the future. Together, they form incredibly useful, practical step by step guides for producing a neighbourhood plan.”  

John Romanski, Senior Planning Aid England Advisor said:

“We are incredibly proud of these resources not least of all as their preparation has been a collaborative process. We have drawn on not only our experience of helping groups deliver a plan but also the experiences of neighbourhood planning groups, local planning authorities and other key players in the neighbourhood plan process. We hope these will give groups the knowledge, skills and confidence to realise their vision for their own communities.”

They include a series of how to guides, templates and videos. Topics include:

  • Project planning
  • Resourcing your neighbourhood plan
  • Engaging with landowners and developers
  • Developing a vision and objectives
  • Writing planning policies

For more information visit the Forum for Neighbourhood Planning.

Watch the introductory film with John Romanski, Senior Planning Aid England Advisor.