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14 April 2011

New advice scheme for neighbourhood planners

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by Gill Montia

New advice scheme for neighbourhood planners

The Government is funding advice for neighbourhoods that engage with the new planning measures that form part of its Localism Bill.

Planning minister, Greg Clark, has announced a £3.2 million scheme to enable communities keen to take charge of development in their area to receive support from The Prince’s Foundation, Locality, The Royal Town Planning Institute and the National Association of Local Councils, in partnership with the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Each organisation will advise on development plans from start to finish, offering workshops with local authorities and community groups, tailored on-line resources, networking tools and telephone advice lines.

According to Mr Clark, the move will provide an invaluable service to groups around the country, “helping them to drive development and growth around their aspirations”.

Ministers have already begun to trail the new planning measures, which are aimed at giving local people a “real voice” when it comes to development in their area, from determining the locations of shops, offices and schools, to setting standards of design for new housing.

Seventeen communities across England are so far involved.

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