This month, the popular My Community and Neighbourhood Planning programmes will both be going through some important changes.
Over the last four years, Locality has supported over 2,300 local groups to develop a neighbourhood plan or Neighbourhood Development Order.
Locality will be extending its support for local groups to develop neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood development orders for another four years.
The new £23m programme will be different, with changes to grant and support eligibility criteria. The changes will also mean that neighbourhood planning will get a new and enhanced website, neighbourhoodplanning.org, independent of the My Community programme.
While the funding for My Community from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (formerly the DCLG) is coming to an end in March, we are excited to announce that My Community is carrying on, with some changes. MyCommunity.org.uk will become a one-stop-shop for inspiration, information, advice and peer support for anyone wanting to take action to support their local community and change where they live for the better.
Keep reading for everything your community group or organisation needs to know about the changes.
2018-2022 funding and support
Locality will continue to deliver the Neighbourhood Planning Support Programme over the next four years, from 2018-2022. The programme builds on the 2015-18 programme and any support that you have previously received will be taken in to account. The programme will provide anyone working on a neighbourhood plan with support from the Locality team, AECOM and other partners/specialists through:
- a basic grant of up to £9,000
- additional grants for eligible groups with an extra £8,000 (find out more about additional grant criteria here)
- technical support through expert partners AECOM and other specialists
Groups wanting to apply for funding and support in the 2018-2022 programme, which opens for applications on 3 April 2018, must have completed an end of grant reporting to be eligible to apply.
Under the new programme there will be some important changes to eligibility criteria for support available to groups. In addition, the amount groups are eligible for in grants will depend on what they have received in the 2015-18 programme. Get full details of the changes and what you’re eligible for on neighbourhoodplanning.org.
As part we have launched:
- a new online portal, neighbourhoodplanning.org, with a range of easy-to-use resources, guides, information, support and advice
- a new quarterly neighbourhood planning newsletter, which will be launching in April, with all the latest neighbourhood planning news, opportunities, updates from our Champions, resources and stories from across England
- a neighbourhood planning twitter account @Nbrhoodplanning where you can interact with the Locality team.
The advice service is also changing. You will now be able to access neighbourhood planning support through our new website neighbourhoodplanning.org including online resources, an online forum for community-sourced advice and support, and a call back advice service to help with specific questions.
Sign up to the new Neighbourhood Planning newsletter (scroll to the bottom of the neighbourhoodplanning.org page)