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Planning Aid England Update 5 April 2012

11 April 2012

April 2012 update

We are pleased to be able to let you know that DCLG has formally agreed the four month continuation to their grant to the RTPI under the Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning scheme. The grant period has now been extended until 31 July 2012, and the focus of the work has been modified to reflect the final provisions of the Localism Act and in light of the new Neighbourhood Planning powers that have come into effect.

For the next four months Planning Aid England, working with Planning Aid for London, will focus more on what Front Runner communities need to help them to progress their neighbourhood plans. We will be aiming to help these communities to  'get over the line' and to make measurable progress towards getting neighbourhood plans in place.

We are, of course, actively putting in place staff to support the contract continuation and we will be shortly announcing, in more detail, both the staffing structure and working arrangements.

Individuals looking for general planning advice

The information centre on this web site also has information which may assist you with your planning query.

The Planning Aid Advice line continues with funding from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). This service provides fifteen minutes of free professional advice to all callers. Eligible callers may then receive further professional advice through a network of professional volunteers, who give their services free of charge to individuals and groups who are unable to afford professional fees.

Neighbourhood planning front runners/ Community groups looking for support

You can register your interest in receiving support by emailing

Interested in one of our Are You Fit For Neighbourhood Planning? events

You can register your interest in future ones by emailing

For any other queries please call 020 3206 1880 or send an email to