Neighbourhood planning guidance and funding

If you’re thinking of developing a neighbourhood development plan, speak to us first as there is a formal process that you must follow.

Guidance documents


Neighbourhood Plan Funding

Locality will be extending its support for local groups to develop neighbourhood plans for another four years following the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG, formerly DCLG) announcement of a new £23m programme.
The new neighbourhood planning programme will help thousands of local groups to create a neighbourhood plan or Neighbourhood Development Order. The 2018-22 programme will be different though, with changes to grant and support eligibility criteria.

Grant Funding

All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to £9,000. More information on grant funding is available from the neighbourhood planning website.

Additional Grant Funding

Groups meeting the eligibility criteria are able to apply for additional grant of up to £8,000 (in addition to the basic grant). Eligibility for Additional Grant Funding

Are you at least one of the following;

  • Allocating sites for housing
  • Including site-specific design codes in your plan
  • A designated business neighbourhood plan
  • A cluster of three or more parishes writing a single plan
  • A Neighbourhood Area with a population of over 25,000

If the answer is yes to any of the above, you can apply for an additional £8,000 grant. You are still able to apply for technical support (provided that you meet the technical support eligibility criteria) along with grant funding. More information is available from Neighbourhood Planning website.

Technical support

If you're facing complex issues such as allocating sites for development, you can apply for Technical Support where a specialist advisor will support you with specific issues or assessments. Technical support is awarded as a technical work package, not a financial grant. You do not need to use grant funding to purchase technical support, you can apply for both grant funding, and technical support in the same application. More information is available from the technical support section on the Neighbourhood Planning website.

Funding Application Support

We strongly encourage those who wish to apply for neighbourhood planning funding to read the Neighbourhood Planning Grant & Technical Support Guidance Notes prepared by Locality, available from The Neighbourhood Planning website.

For specific enquiries relating to funding we recommend getting in touch directly with Locality through their Neighbourhood Planning website and online Enquiry Form.

Neighbourhood planning support & useful information

The Forum for Neighbourhood Planning has a wealth of information and resources including;  latest news; case studies;  resources;  and links to 'made' plans.

Useful Resources

For information on funding and advice visit our neighbourhood planning page.