How a neighbourhood plan can be funded
Nieghbourhood Planning in England was introduced by the Government in 2011, as part of the Localism Act. The Communities and Local Government Department is responsible for the overall programme, and published updated guidance in March 2013.
Many organisations, such as Planning Aid, the Council for the Preservation of Rural England, and the Royal Town Planning Institute, are involved in supporting neighbourhood planning and have information on their websites.
The organisation Locality is one of the main sources of support and information, and administers on behalf of the Government a programme of small grants to those areas preparing neighbourhood plans.
The St Helens Residents Association received a grant of of £6,940 to meet the basic costs incurred by the StQW Forum in preparing the StQW Neighbourhood Plan (printing, distribution of leaflets, room hire etc). This grant was held and disbursed on behalf of the Forum by the Dalgarno Neighbourhood Trust. The Forum is grateful for the help of the Trust, and for this financial support from Communities and Local Government Department (DCLG).
All other input to the preparation of the neighbourhood plan has been from volunteers on the management committee.