Neighbourhood planning settlement for 2018-2022 announced.

Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that £22.8 million of government funding will go to communities to help them deliver neighbourhood plans.  He said the cash would give locals more of a say over growth in their area.

The allocation splits down into £5.5 million a year until 2022 and aims to provide communities with specialist support to help deliver a neighbourhood plan.  More than 400 successful neighbourhood plan referendums have taken place across England.

Sharma said: “Neighbourhood planning gives communities a powerful set of tools to shape their area and drive local growth…The government is committed to giving communities even more of a say in the development of their area, and that’s why we’re dedicating around £23 million between 2018 and 2022 to help groups create neighbourhood plans…Neighbourhood planning gives communities a powerful set of tools to shape their area and drive local growth…With over 400 now in place more people than ever are having their say on the location and design of new homes, shops and offices in their community. I congratulate the many thousands of community-minded people across England carrying out this valuable work.”

Trudi Elliott, chief executive at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), said: “Having worked directly with over 274 groups to help them develop neighbourhood plans since their inception, the RTPI knows how much people care about these plans and how important they are in shaping places and building public trust in the planning system…It’s also clear from our experience that people need support to make the plan-making experience easier and worthwhile, so this latest funding is very welcome.”

Source: Laura Edgar, The Planner [online], 20 September 2017

Local Comment:  This announcement means that the Birkenhead & Tranmere Neighbourhood Planning Forum will be able to apply for funding right up to (and beyond) the current period of designation of the Forum, which expires on 5 November 2020.