Community Led Planning

Community-Led Planning (also known as Parish Planning) is a tried and tested process already completed by over 4000 parishes and communities nationwide. In our region this has given a voice to over 200 communities, who have used their plans to encourage community spirit and action and also help with funding bids.
Rural Action Yorkshire's Community-Led Planning Service provides impartial advice and support and can guide you through the process of developing your plan: from start to finish and all points in-between.
Rural Action Yorkshire is a member of ACRE (Action with Community in Rural England) and also part of the RCAN (Rural Communities Action Network), which enables us to deliver a level of service and expertise based on practical experience gained across the whole of England over many years.

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The Big Lottery fund have just opened an 'online conversation' called Your voice, our vision. This conversation is designed to get your feed back and opinions for the direction of their funding.

Legal disputes over major developments will be fast-tracked for consideration by a new Planning Court which will be established by this summer, the Government has announced.

Would you like to help RAY plan our future work? Do you know lots about your community building, the needs of your residents or just enjoy thinking through new solutions for rural issues? Then we would love to hear from you.

Changes to the way in which village and town greens are registered have been announced by the Government, leading to clashes between those seeking to encourage the development of housing and business in rural areas on the one hand, and conservationists hoping to protect green space on the other.

Whenever you contact Rural Action Yorkshire or use one of our services, please take five minutes to let us know how helpful we have been or where we could improve. We'll use the results to make sure we're investing our time in providing the resources that our members and other service users need most.

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