The following four links are organisations who have received Government funding through the 'Supporting Communities Scheme' to support 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.
Grants received from Government - Arun currently has three Front Runner Grants for Arundel Town Council, Angmering Parish Council and a Multi-Parish Grant. The final round of bidding closes on 4 November 2011. Only the Local Planning Authority (District or Borough Council) is eligible to submit bids although they have to be written by the Parish or Town Council wanting to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. Arun District Council has imposed a deadline for bids as 24 October 2011. The bid proposals that were successful templates are available under the useful publications and can be used as a template to draft new bids.