Housing and planning minister Alok Sharma has announced that £22.8 million of government funding will go to communities to help them deliver neighbourhood plans.
He said the cash would give locals more of a say over growth in their area.
The allocation splits down into £5.5 million a year until 2022 and aims to provide communities with specialist support to help deliver a neighbourhood plan.
A Derbyshire neighbourhood plan has been resoundingly rejected by villagers, the first time a referendum on the new breed of development plans has registered a ‘no’ vote.
Communities Secretary highlights Neighbourhood Plans as a key factor in each of his decisions to dismiss schemes
The government has confirmed it is committed to changes to the neighbourhood planning regime mooted during the passage of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and covered by the technical consultation on planning changes carried out earlier this year.
Opt in here