This may be of interest to the PC. If a plan is drawn up, housing and parking can be addressed.
Kind Regards Carolyn Chambers
Communities Across England to Benefit from £22.8m Support Package
The Government has announced that it will continue to support communities that want to develop Neighbourhood Plans with a funding package of nearly £23 million over the next five years.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says that it will make available funding of around £5.5 million each year from 2018 until 2022 to support local neighbourhood planning groups who want to have more of a say over development in their area.
The new programme will be the third time DCLG has provided funding for Neighbourhood Planning. The Government first set up the £9.5 million Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme which ran from 2013 to 2015. This was then followed by the £22.5 million Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme (2015-2018), which is drawing to an end. It is anticipated that groups will be able to apply to the new post-2018 support programme from February 2018.
Neighbourhood Plans gives local communities a real say in the development of their area including where homes, shops, green spaces and offices should be built and how they should look.
The renewed funding commitment is good news for local town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums that are preparing a neighbourhood development plan or neighbourhood development order in England and who may not be able to make the final deadline of 31 January 2018 when the current programme draws to a close.
Applications are still being accepted to the current Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme 2015-2018 which is being delivered by Locality, a national network of community-led organisations.
Two forms of support are available:
· Grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 for groups writing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order. The additional funding can be used to fund the completion of their neighbourhood plan.
· Specific packages of technical support where needed, and a further £6,000 in grants, for groups facing more complex issues.
There is a total grant ceiling of £15,000 for the period 2015-2018.
The final deadline for applications to the current programme is 31 January 2018.
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