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£22 million funding to boost neighborhood planning

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Staff writer ▼ | March 2, 2015
Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis announced a multi-million pound boost to support communities looking to set up neighborhood plans.
UK neighbourhoods
Neighborhoods   Brandon Lewis announced:
Neighborhood planning allows people to decide the future development of their area, including where new homes and businesses should be built. Nearly 1,400 areas representing 6 million people across England are already using their neighborhood planning powers, with others looking to follow suit.

Mr. Lewis announced that neighborhood planning groups are able to apply for grant funding from February 27 as part of the £22.5 million programme. Grants can be used to pay for events to engage the local community, print leaflets and to pay for specialist planning expertise.

The support programme runs to 2018 and from April it will also provide community groups with technical assistance and expert advice to support new neighborhood plans and neighborhood development orders, throughout the process.

It comes as ministers are due to host a national neighborhood planning summit, bringing together local authorities, MPs, builders, and communities from across the country to help more people bring forward neighborhood plans.