Published: 10th Aug 2020

The government has announced it is increasing the money available to communities in urban and deprived areas to help plan their local neighbourhoods. Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has today (10 August) confirmed that government grants to individual neighbourhood planning groups in both urban and deprived areas will increase to £18,000. This follows funding increasing from £9,000 to £10,000 in May to help with the effects of coronavirus. The government also announced it is providing these groups with access to additional technical expertise free of charge, such as for assessing their area’s housing needs, or developing masterplans. It follows the government’s announcement last week that it intends to overhaul the planning system, which it claims is ‘sluggish’ and ‘outdated’. ‘The government is overhauling the country’s outdated planning system to deliver the high-quality sustainable homes the country needs,’ said Mr Jenrick. ‘Under the new system local communities will be in the driving … (To read the full article, subscribe below)