Until recently we've been working directly with over 274 groups to help them develop neighbourhood plans which, once made, will form part of the development plan for the area. Our volunteers contributed 1000 hours helping groups create and progress their neighbourhood plan, explaining the process and what can be achieved. Our support and advice has been highly valued and we are considered one of the leading experts in neighbourhood planning.
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.
We maintain the Forum for Neighbourhood Planning website which has news, events, resources and discussion forums for all those involved in neighbourhood planning, and a free, bi-monthly e-bulletin, Up Front. Sign up to receive Up Front.
Most recently PAE have published a comprehensive suite of resources to assist groups to develop their neighbourhood plan. These comprise a series of how to guides, templates and podcasts and cover all aspects of plan development from project planning to submitting the plan for examination.
We have received excellent feedback with users commenting:
"making lighter work of developing a neighbourhood plan using useful resources from @PlanningAidEng"
"Excellent resources to help prepare effective neighbourhood plans by @PlanningAidEng"
You can access the resources here.