Landlords will help poorer communities form neighbourhood plans
Housing associations to take the lead on planning blueprints
Housing associations will play a key role in helping low-income communities draw up planning blueprints, the decentralisation minister has pledged.
Greg Clark told Inside Housing that associations will be able to bid for funding, worth up to £20,000 each, earmarked to help residents draw up neighbourhood plans. These plans, which could cost the government more than £200 million, will help determine where new homes are built under planning rules being introduced by the coalition government.
‘I very much expect to see those areas with progressive [housing associations] take the lead in neighbourhood planning,’ Mr Clark said.
‘Even in communities that people from the outside describe, often in very patronising ways, as “hard to reach”, they have shown that they can find opportunities for participation and leadership there and that very much applies to neighbourhood planning,’ he added.
The minister’s pledge follows concerns raised in parliament that deprived communities would struggle to particpate in the planning regime.
Peter Aldous, the Conservative MP for Waveney, Suffolk, raised the issue during the second reading of the Localism Bill this week. ‘It is…important to ensure that all communities are able to participate, not just a few.