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Useful External Links

The links below are some of the main organisations involved in neighbourhood planning.

Princes Trust Foundation is an educational charity working to improve engagement with communities. They can provide help through a number of planning and engagement workshops.

Locality comprises a national network of over 600 community organisations. Members of the network provide advice and guidance to community groups on how to create a Neighbourhood Plan.

Campaign to Protect Rural England is a campaign group and registered charity who work to promote the sustainable use of land. They have created 'planning help' to help advise on planning issues. Working with the National Association of Local Councils they are developing guidance and training on producing Neighbourhood Plans.

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI): Planning Aid is a charity who can provide free planning advice. Community planning advisors for a particular region have been established and are able to provide free advice on neighbourhood planning.



Planning Advisory Services (PAS) provides advice to Councillors and Local Authorities on planning issues and also provides very useful online resources.

Communities in Practice is a particularly useful online resource, which enables the sharing of latest practice from Local Planning Authorities and Parish and Town Councils. This does require registration but is free.

Department for Communities and Local Government is responsible for promoting the Big Society and national planning issues and policy.

Front Runner Scheme from the Department for Communities and Local Government provides grants to groups who want to produce early Neighbourhood Plans and from whom lessons can be learned about good practice. Arun has 14 Front Runner Grants.

Frontrunner is a status of early funding which was provided by the government very early on to help those communities engaging in NDP. The wave no. refers to 5 periods when the funding was available to bid for £20k single or multibids. Even though there is additional funding in the future it would not be frontrunner as this initiative is now 2 years in so the ‘frontrunners status’ would no longer be applicable. There is new funding available for groups which they can apply for up to £7k starting from 1st May 2013.

Wave 2

  • Arundel-£20k

Wave 4

  • Angmering – £20k
  • Felpham - £20 000 (wave 2-multi bid)

Wave 5
(each received grants of £20,000):

  • Bersted Parish Council
  • Bognor Regis Town Council
  • East Preston Parish Council
  • Littlehampton Town Council
  • Rustington Parish Council
  • Pagham Parish Council
  • Yapton Parish Council

The following joint bids also received a grant of £20,000 per bid:

  • Ferring and Kingston Parish Councils
  • Aldingbourne, Barnham, Eastergate and Walberton Parish Councils


Useful Publications

Sustainability Appraisal - DIY SA guide [pdf] 2MB

Neighbourhood Plan Guidance Broadland District Council [pdf] 1MB

Plain English Guide to Localism Bill [pdf] 202KB


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