Neighbourhood planning - making it easier to get involved: advice for local authorities
In January 2016 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) awarded over £700k to 22 local authorities to redesign their support services in different ways, resulting in a series of tools, reports and case studies.
The outputs from this MHCLG award produced a series of tools, reports and case studies that considered:
- Engaging local communities - Local Authorities who tested how to make it easier for communities to get involved in planning.
- Managing essential data and local information - the importance of having accurate data on the local area and all it contains is essential to both a Local Plan and a Neighbourhood Plan. These studies improved access to data held as well as to improve the skills in the use of data of communities wishing to engage in planning.
- Creative use of resources and integrated working - the creative way to use resources and joined up working between authorities.
Some of the case studies have been archived but those left still offer relevant and useful examples of neighbourhood planning. Please be mindful that they were written in 2016/17 and policy has changed since then so references are not up-to-date.