This is the big news we flagged up some time ago in our monthly Neighbourhood Planning News.

And, today (14 March 2013), Communities Minister Don Foster announced a £9.5 million of funding, over 2-years to support people in creating neighbourhood plans to shape development in their area.

Groups of residents seeking to create a neighbourhood plan will be able to bid for up to £7,000 of funding each to contribute to the costs of preparing their proposal.

Neighbourhood planning groups will find full details about the new 2-year programme from 15 April on the My Community Rights website. Communities will be able to submit applications for support and grants from 1 May 2013.

First payments and direct support packages are expected to be agreed in May. Further details can be found in the DCLG factsheet.

Kirkwells are one of the country’s leading consultancies supporting neighbourhood plans.

To find out how we could help you with your plan, or your application for neighbourhood plan funding via one of the new support grants contact Michael or Louise on 01282 872570.

The full DCLG announcement can be found here.

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