The Government is empowering people to take a more active role in shaping the future of the areas in which they live and work.
Planning Help: Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning
The planning system is a key tool that can enable local communities to do this.
At CPRE, and in partnership with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), we are helping to deliver that important planning advice and guidance.
The project, Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning, will run until the end of March 2012 and we will deliver the following:
Online and telephone resources
The Planning Help website, which aims to show you how you can become involved in the planning system.
Planning Help website
The Planning Help phone line, which is staffed each Thursday between 1.30 and 3.30pm to help you with any questions relevant to the planning system.
Telephone 020 7981 2868.
Publications and E-learning
A number of guidelines and useful publications about the planning system will be produced and made available along with interactive e-learning modules.
Local events across the country
A nationwide programme of free training events that will deliver essential information about the planning system, why it is important and how to get involved. Some events will also help people consider how they might develop a neighbourhood plan.
For further information about these events, including dates and venues please visit:
Planning Help website: Events
Other sources of support
For further information regarding the support services provided by other organisations under the Supporting Communities and Neighbourhood in Planning project please visit:
Planning Help website: Other sources of support
The Government is also making further funding available for 'Neighbourhood Planning Front Runner' pilot projects. Community groups, parish or town councils can apply in partnership with their local planning authority. The first deadline has recently passed but the second deadline for applications is 4 November. Details are at:
Communities and Local Government website: Neighbourhood Planning Front Runners
Design Council CABE has also launched a Neighbourhood Projects Small Grants Programme. The Programme will award grants of up to £7,000 for neighbourhood projects that seek to improve the design quality of the built environment. The deadline for applications is 1 August. Further details about the grants and how to apply are at:
Design Council website: CABE - Neighbourhood Projects Small Grants 2011 - 2012