Neighbourhood Planning - how RAY can help

Neighbourhood Planning is a new initiative and represents a big learning curve for communities and local authorities alike - understanding policies and planning and undertaking community engagement all need to be addressed. Validation of any plan produced will rest in large part on scrutiny of the process used and evidence of majority community support for its contents.
An adopted Neighbourhood Plan will have a lasting impact on a community, so it is fitting that the community concerned has a thorough understanding of neighbourhood planning and their engagement is central to its development.
Rural Action Yorkshire has extensive experience of supporting communities to engage: be it in the context of community led planning, or evidencing support for individual community initiatives.
For Neighbourhood Planning projects, we can offer a number of support options:
Start-up support

  • Help with community awareness-raising
  • Facilitation of public meeting and initial workshops.
  • Forming a steering group and governance issues
  • Time planning
  • Budgets
  • Engaging with different stakeholders

In-progress support

  • Evidence gathering
  • Community engagement programme
  • Preparing a vision and objectives
  • Exploring options
  • Drafting proposals
  • Monitoring and reviewing arrangements.

Tailored support

  • Support for particular events or specific tasks within the process

If you'd like more information, or would like to discuss what support we can offer, please contact us by emailing, or telephone 0845 313 02070.