Planning Aid England (PAE), which provides free, independent and professional advice to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay professional fees, is changing and has a new contact number for queries: 0330 123 9244
Since 2003 PAE has been in receipt of a government grant to help individuals and communities engage and influence the planning system. Over the past five years we have helped over 100,000 individuals and some 4,500 community and residents groups. On 31 March 2011 this grant funding will come to an end but a telephone advice service will continue to provide help and advice.
Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which runs Planning Aid England, said: \"Planning Aid England is changing but continuing, albeit it in a different form, as we await the outcome of our bid for new funding. I am delighted to announce our new dedicated telephone advice line number which will enable us to carry on providing our clients with much needed advice.\"
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has established a new 'Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning' Fund. Planning Aid England (PAE) and Planning Aid for London (PAL) have submitted a joint bid for funding under this scheme and we will announce whether we have been successful as soon as we are able to.
In addition to this bid, PAE is actively investigating new sources of funding and ways of working with our volunteers, the 1300 Royal Town Planning Institute members who provide their time freely to support the service.
While RTPI awaits the bid outcome a dedicated PAE telephone advice line service will continue to operate ensuring that access to free, independent and impartial professional planning advice continues to be available. PAE has provided help and advice to individuals and communities for over 35 years and will continue to do so through a revised operating model. Updates will be posted on our web site.