Community planning: Neighbourhood planning UK

Localism Act
Plans and Policy

The Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning programme

The Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning (SCNP) programme is funded by the UK government to provide free support for local communities across England who want to take a more active role in planning the future of their neighbourhoods. The programme provides bespoke technical support to groups developing neighbourhood plans and general good practice advice.

In 2011 and 2012 there were four providers of support: was a core partner in the Building Communities Consortium. The Core BCC Partners were:
evaluation highlights
Evaluation report endorsements for
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Final Report April 2012
Evaluation of the Building Community Consortium Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning Scheme, Final Report, April 2012
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In 2012 the Consortium became a partnership of delivery partners commissioned by Locality to help local groups develop neighbourhood plans. Partners included:

In 2013 the government selected Locality only to be the funded provider of support.

Details of the support currently provided by Locality is set out at

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Last updated on:13 November 2012