Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced a support package worth £23 million to help with the development of new neighbourhood plans across the country. The announcement comes after more than 400 successful neighbourhood planning referendums have taken place across England, from Cornwall to Northumberland.
Commenting on the new funding package, Mr 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.
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.”
The funding will total roughly £5.5 million per year to 2022, and be used to provide community groups with specialist support in preparing their Neighbourhood Plans.
Earlier in the year, the Government’s Housing White Paper set out measures to give local people more say over development in their areas, and committed to continuing support for neighbourhood planning. Further measures have also been enacted this year, such as new rules to speed up and strengthen the popular neighbourhood planning process, with the Neighbourhood Planning Act coming into effect.