The government created a new £9.5m fund and a programme of support to help communities produce neighbourhood plans. Locality (www.locality.org.uk) and their partners are delivering the funding and support along with the Royal Town Planning Institute.
With the estimated cost of producing a Neighbourhood Plan being between £10,000 and £50,000 external grant funding is vital.
Walton Neighbourhood Plan was successful in securing a £7,000 contribution from Locality towards the preparation of the plan, community engagement and consultation. We have now secured a further £3,000 for our project as we head towards the Referendum.