Communities chosen to try out new planning powers
A second group of communities is being given the opportunity to explore new powers to test out neighbourhood planning. This radical idea is being introduced in the Localism Bill, and is intended to give people the chance to decide how development will look in their area.
Communities will have the final say in shaping the vision for their community and deciding whether a local plan comes into force. Community groups and individuals may get free expert advice and guidance on all aspects of engaging with the planning system from four organisations who are supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government:
- The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment: Supporting communities and neighbourhoods in planning www.princes-foundation.org/our-work/supporting-communities-and-neighbourhoods-planning
- Locality www.buildingcommunity.org.uk
- Campaign to Protect Rural England: Planning Help www.planninghelp.org.uk
- Royal Town Planning Institute: Planning Aid www.rtpi.org.uk/planningaid/ (external links).
For more information go to the Communities & Local Government website