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Neighbourhood Planning: Additional Support for Urban and Deprived Areas

Neighbourhood Planning: Additional Support for Urban and Deprived Areas

Monday 10th August 2020

In line with the commitment to provide additional support to communities in urban and deprived areas (places that are amongst the 20% most deprived areas in England, in accordance with the Index of Multiple Deprivation), the Government has today increased the grant available to eligible neighbourhood planning groups from £10,000 to £18,000. The government will also give these communities access to a range of technical planning support packages, which up until now only a limited range of groups have qualified for.

There are currently 325 designated groups in urban and deprived areas The aim of this offer is to increase the take up of neighbourhood planning in these areas, which is low and has decreased in recent years. The Government is interested in promoting opportunities for all groups, including those in disadvantaged areas, to have a say in shaping their communities.

The more we engage with the communities eligible for this offer, the more likely they are to become involved in the neighbourhood planning process. An increase in take up of neighbourhood planning in urban and deprived areas could have genuinely positive effects on these communities.

Find our more HERE in Locality's 'Neighbourhood Planning Grant & Technical Support Guidance Notes'.