Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is soon to make available £1 million to support the creation of high street neighbourhood plans.

This announcement is part of the Government’s ‘Portas-plus’ response to the Mary Portas’ High Street Review. Portas-plus goes above and beyond the recommendations of the Portas Review and includes a raft of new measures to rejuvenate the country’s rundown high streets.

The financial support available from DCLG for neighbourhood planning will help support development of neighbourhood high street plans

Announcing the funding Planning Minister Greg Clark said:

“For too long local people have been shut out of the planning process with no real voice to affect decisions about the places where they live.

“High streets are at the heart of their communities and new neighbourhood plans hand power back to communities so they can help shape the future development of this crucial part of their local economy.

“This £1 million fund will support local people, businesses and councils coming together to provide a really positive contribution to the future vitality and viability of our high streets.”

Further information on how communities and local authorities developing high street neighbourhood plans under the Localism Act can access the £1milllion will be published by DCLG shortly. We will publish a news update as soon as we hear anything.

If you are concerned about your local high street and want to discuss the positive benefits of neighbourhood planning contact Michael Wellock on 01282 872 570. Or email Also check out one of our low cost neighbourhood planning training sessions.

©Kirkwells Town Planners and Sustainable Development Consultants based at the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre in Burnley
Research • Planning Policy • Site Search • Site Appraisal • Planning Applications •  Appeals • Sustainable Development • Urban Design • Masterplanning • Heritage Statements • Bids for Funding • Neighbourhood Planning • Community Right to Build • Community Engagement • Training

Read more: Latest Planning News