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Neighbourhood Development Plans - useful links


GRCC support

NDP funding for local planning authorities

Funding for communities undertaking NDPs

Online forum for Neighbourhood Planning


Bulletins and commentaries

Bulletins from the Department for Communities and Local Government

Commentary on Upper Eden Neighbourhood Development Plan

Defra Research and case studies on Neighbourhood Planning Rural Frontrunners: April 2013


Moving from Parish Plans to Neighbourhood Development Plans

Through RDPE funding, the Accelerator Project funded the time for two experts to look at the Somerford Keynes 2012 Parish Plan to look at what they would need to do to develop it into a Neighbourhood Development Plan. Their feedback can be found below

  • Experienced NDP Examiner, Nigel McGurk - read his report here
  • Katie Lea of Place Studio - read her report here

How to guides

Steps involved in undertaking your NDP

Locality - Roadmap to Neighbourhood Planning

Locality - Keeping it Simple, a guide on how you can keep your neighbourhood plan concise and straightforward

CPRE - How to shape where you live: a guide to neighbourhood planning, written in partnership with the National Association of Local Councils (NALC)

Government Portal - information and advice on the Neighbourhood Planning system. National Policy Guidance was published in March 2014 and contains updates on Neighbourhood Plans.

Locality - A Guide to Writing Planning Policies

Anything else?

Please let us know if you have any other useful articles or snippets about Neighbourhood Plans. Contact Helen Richards by email: or telephone 01452 528491.