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

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.

Find out more

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