Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011. It is an important and powerful tool that gives communities statutory powers to shape how their communities develop.
All Locality members are motivated by their project or cause and willing to share learning. No one is just along for the ride.
- Locality member

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A neighbourhood plan is a document that sets out planning policies for a local area.

It’s used to decide whether to approve planning applications, including new buildings (e.g. community facilities) or changes to existing buildings (e.g. giving permission to change the upper floors of shops to flats).

It’s written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

Neighburhood planning is supported by central government through the Localism Act.


The contact with other organisations and potential to influence nationally remain the strongest reasons to be a member.
- Barton Hill Settlement

What support is available?

Locality provides support to neighbourhood planning groups on behalf of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

There are two types of support available:

  • Grant (financial support)
  • Technical Support (professional assistance and advice)

Eligibility criteria differs from previous neighbourhood planning support programmes so it is essential that you check what you are eligible for.

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Find out about eligibility criteria and how to apply for support at


You may also be interested in Community-led Housing

Community-led housing projects are led by community groups determined to make sure that new homes are built and empty homes and buildings can be brought back into use to meet local housing needs.

We have a team of advisors around the country who have experience working with community organisations on a range of community-led housing and community ownership projects.

We can support your community-led housing group at every stage of the process.

Find out more about Community-led Housing

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