Renaisi is working on a project to support more urban communities to take up the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning as a means to guide and have more influence over the future development and regeneration of their areas.
The project has been commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Renaisi is delivering it in partnership with Tony Burton CBE, and a group of locally-based independent consultants acting as neighbourhood planning facilitators.
Neighbourhood planning is one of the government’s flagship policies for devolving power and decision-making to local communities. Take-up across England has been good, but it is not distributed equally across the country. Urban and deprived areas in particular have been slow to take advantage of the opportunity.
The project is part of a big government push on neighbourhood planning, that is intended to result in many more communities becoming aware of neighbourhood planning and the benefits of taking it up.
Renaisi and partners will be working to raise awareness of neighbourhood planning in deprived neighbourhoods. They will build the capacity of local voluntary and community organisations to advocate for neighbourhood planning in their neighbourhoods, increasing their ability to mobilise and inspire more communities to engage with neighbourhood planning.
Donna Lightbown, Renaisi Director, said:
“We are delighted to be working with the DCLG and our partners on this important project. We are confident that through the project, urban neighbourhoods and community groups will gain skills and knowledge that will empower them to realise the potential of Neighbourhood Planning”.
The project will also generate case studies and new practical resources that will support local people to take up neighbourhood plans.