Planning Help Menu



Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning

From June 2011 - March 2013, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Association for Local Councils (NALC) worked together as one of the delivery partners for the Government's Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning (SCNP) Programme. The programme provided advice and support to town and parish councils, community groups and individuals and has specifically offered direct professional help to local councils preparing Neighbourhood Plans.

Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning overview

During the past 20 months of the SCNP programme CPRE and NALC delivered the following:

Tailored Neighbourhood Planning support

We developed a suite of 10 consultancy modules that have helped communities to progress with their Neighbourhood Plans.  The modules were delivered by our team of planning professionals and were designed to work at key stages of Neighbourhood Plan development.  In total we worked hands-on with 28 communities, helping two communities to the stage of producing a draft Neighbourhood Plan and submitting it for consultation, and helping others significantly progress their plan

 'The support we have received is over and above what we expected and has helped us significantly, especially in the documentation side of the Plan. We would be struggling it if were not for the help and advice we have received from the CPRE packages.' Rendlesham Neighbourhood Plan

 'The support and in-depth technical knowledge from CPRE/NALC, of all areas of the neighbourhood plans system, not to mention the complex matter relating to SEA, has been vital to the progress of our plan'. Yardley Gobion Neighbourhood Plan


In Year 1 of the programme we delivered 110 planning workshops, in 33 counties reaching 7108 attendees. In Year 2 we changed the format of the workshops to create an interactive workshop focusing exclusively on helping groups get started with their Neighbourhood Plans. We delivered 35 workshops in total working with delegations from 237 Parish and Town councils.

Planning workshops may continue on a county level. We suggest you contact your local branch of CPRE to enquire if there are any taking place in your county.

Planning Guides

We produced 3 planning publications, available on this website to download:

·        How to respond the planning applications: an 8 step guide

·        Planning explained

·        How to shape where you live: a guide to neighbourhood planning

All of the guides are supported by free e-learning modules developed by NALC which are available to complete here

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. If that's okay, just continue browsing - or see our cookies policy for ways to opt out.