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Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning support: latest news

Press release 17 February 2015: RTPI part of winning Neighbourhood Planning bid

Neighbourhood Planning guidance

Simplified and accessible national planning practice guidance is now available through this online resource. It includes a section on neighbourhood planning.

The government intends that the user friendly format will make planning guidance more accessible and will make it easier to keep up to date.

How is Planning Aid England supporting communities engaged in Neighbourhood Planning?

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Neighbourhood planning is not a new concept and Planning Aid England has over 40 years of experience in working with communities to help them define their areas and have a meaningful say in the planning system.

However, the neighbourhood planning powers offered under the Localism Act mean that communities have much more influence than they had previously as they write the policies rather than commenting on those that have been written by others.

Until recently we've been working directly with a number of groups to help them develop neighbourhood plans which, once made, will form part of the development plan for the area. Our volunteers have helped groups create and progress their neighbourhood plan, explaining the process and what can be achieved - see case studies. This work is now changing as a result of a new funding arrangements from Department of Communities and Local Government.

From now on Planning Aid England will support neighbourbood planning through the development of web based guidance and templates, based on our expertise and hands-on experience gained in the last few years. Local groups who need guidance throughout the process will be able to access professional planning advice from the private sector with the help of government funding.

Planning Aid England will continue to help local communities to engage with the planning process and influence decisions that affect their local area through Planning Aid Direct and our Advice service. 

Find out more

We have a number of case studies of our work along with some neighbourhood planning briefing notes. We also have our Forum for Neighbourhood Planning which has news, events, resources and discussion forums for all those involved in neighbourhood planning, and a free, monthly e-bulletin, Up Front. Sign up to receive Up Front. Planning Aid England has also published a comprehensive suite of resources to assist groups in the development of their neighbourhood plan. These resources for neighbourhood planning: putting the pieces together can be accessed here

How Planning Aid England can help

If you have a general query on neighbourhood planning or any other planning related matter you can call email our national advice line at or see our Planning Aid Direct web resource.

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