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Planning advice service submits funding bid

25 February 2011

Planning Aid England (PAE) and Planning Aid for London have submitted a joint bid for funding to the government's Supporting Communities and Neighborhoods in Planning fund.

Grants will be awarded to organisations to provide advice and assistance to communities and community organisations to engage with the planning system in their local area.

The Department for Communities and Local Government Department (DCLG) is initially making approximately £3m available for the next 12 months. 

Grants are likely to be £500,000 to £1m per year to each successful organisation.

Sue Percy, Director of Planning Aid England, said: \"We have submitted a strong bid which we hope the government will look favourably on given our excellent track record in delivering planning support to disadvantaged communities.

\"We are confident that the Planning Aid service in England will continue in some form after March 31 and we are working flat out to ensure that communities continue to be able to seek our help in getting involved in the planning of their local areas.\"

PAE's current three year grant funding agreement with the Government ends on March 31.

PAE is currently looking at how to remodel the service it provides to clients and exploring alternative funding streams.

An announcement on whether PAE has been successful in obtaining grant funding from March 31 is expected in the coming weeks.