Neighbourhood Planning Support and Advice

Government support

The government has put together a range of specialist support to help community groups through the processes of neighbourhood planning. The advice ranges from setting up a group and developing a proposal through to the delivery of the plan.

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has provided funding to several organisations who offer practical and tailored assistance to communities looking to bring forward plans. You may contact these organisations for more information on the services they can offer.

The CABE Team at the Design Council offer free tailored support to community groups involved in neighbourhood planning.

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is a network made up of 38 rural community councils (RCCs) operating on a county-level basis across England. ACRE provides information on community-led planning on its website and through its local member organizations (Warwickshire Rural Community Council is the relevant body for our area).

District Council advice

We provide guidelines on identifying built-up area boundaries (BUABs) for neighbourhood plan areas that include a Local Service Village (as defined in our Core Strategy).

Other organisations offering support and advice

A number of other organisations offer a variety of support and advice for community groups. Some of these are listed below.

Planning Advisory Service (PAS)

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)


Historic England and English Heritage

Historic England encourages community groups to consider their local heritage and the historic environment's role in neighbourhood planning. Historic England and English Heritage have produced several guidance documents.

Woodland Trust

Neighbourhood Planning Hub
Outlines the benefits that trees bring to a neighbourhood and how to promote them in a plan.

Environment Agency, English Heritage, Forestry Commission and Natural England joint advice

Planning for the environment at the neighbourhood level - joint advice on how communities can consider the natural environment in their neighbourhood plan.

For further information: please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260320 or email

Last updated on 24/05/2018

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