The government has announced £9.5 million of funding to help support hundreds of Parish Councils and their communities create neighbourhood plans.

Neighbourhood plans are a new right for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. It allows them to choose where they want new development such as homes, shops and offices to be built. They can have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what facilities should be provided.

In areas having a town or parish council the neighbourhood planning process is led by the council. In areas without a parish council the community must create a neighbourhood forum.

Communities Minister Don Foster announced a £9.5million, 2-year fund to support people in hundreds of areas across the country in creating neighbourhood plans to shape development in their area, such as the location of new housing and businesses.

Groups of residents seeking to create a neighbourhood plan will be able to bid for up to £7,000 each to contribute to the costs of preparing their proposal.

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