The Government has announced extra funding will shortly be made available to neighbourhood forums.
The latest update from the Government's Chief Planner announces:
"The Government has committed to providing communities in urban areas and deprived areas (places that are amongst the 20% most deprived areas in England, in accordance with the Index of Multiple Deprivation) with direct additional support for neighbourhood planning. The additional support, to be launched on 10 August 2020, will increase the grant available to neighbourhood planning groups in urban and deprived areas from £10,000 to £18,000 and give them access to a range of technical planning support packages, which only a limited range of groups currently qualify for.
The full update is available here
The announcement largely delivers on the recommendation of our May 2019 report on neighbourhood planning in London for the Government to:
"Revisit the criteria for additional funding for neighbourhood forums, and consider tailored packages of support for urban areas with high levels of deprivation, including:
- Re-instating additional grant funding for neighbourhood forums
- Providing supplementary grants for areas which score highly in the indices of multiple deprivation as the current additional grants are difficult for London forums to access
- Providing additional technical support packages tailored to urban areas with high levels of socio-economic deprivation"
We anticipate further news will shortly be available on the website
of the Government's neighbourhood planning support programme.