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Jenrick commits more funding to neighbourhood planning

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced funding targeted at helping urban and deprived areas create neighbourhood plans.

Government grants for individual neighbourhood planning groups will increase to £18,000.

This revelation comes after funding was increased from £9,000 to £10,000 in May to help groups deal with the effects of Covid-19. 

The government intends for the money to strengthen the voice of local communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas in England. In addition to the money, the government will provide these groups with access to technical expertise free of charge. This could be help to access their area’s housing needs or for developing masterplans.

Jenrick said:  "The government is overhauling the country’s outdated planning system to deliver the high-quality sustainable homes the country needs.

"Under the new system local communities will be in the driving seat deciding what is built and where. I want to ensure all communities have a strong voice in this process which is why I am doubling the funding available in some of the most deprived parts of the country to help residents in these areas shape the future of their neighbourhoods."

Councillor Sue Baxter, chairman of the National Association of Local Councils, said the additional grant funding for disadvantaged communities would provide a “vital” boost to help hundreds of areas prepare a plan.

“NALC would encourage local councils in those areas to use this additional funding to get started on neighbourhood planning to help build back better communities.

“Communities with an adopted neighbourhood plan in unparished areas are able to fast-track the process to set up a local council so they can also benefit from local leadership and support the wider benefits and ambitions of neighbourhood planning.”

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