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Allensmore Neighbourhood Development plan 

Current status (June 2018)

Call for sites: A further 5 sites have been submitted for assessment following the initial 18 received. The advice from our consultants is that since the assessment process has not yet started, we can accept these. We have now received confirmation that our application for the 23 sites to be independently reviewed by Aecom has been accepted. For more details, including a revised map, please see here.

 

Status May 2018

Allensmore parish Council has concluded its call for sites. For more details including a map showing the 18 sites submitted, see here.

The next steps are for these sites to be technically assessed by an independent body, Aecom. We have applied for this process and are expecting confirmation and a schedule imminently (as of 25th May 2018).

The output of these assessments, together with a revised version of the Issues and options document (revised to take on board the feedback from the consultation) will be used to form a draft of the NDP plan called the preferred options plan.

We will be asking for feedback on that document during another major consultation planned for this summer.

At the meeting on 21st May 2018, the Steering Group adopted a privacy policy in line with the Parish Council's data protection policies. This may be found here.


Summary and status

Allensmore parish Council decided to proceed to create a Neighbourhood Development plan at the meeting on 23rd March 2017.

A steering group was established to enable the plan to be developed. see below for the membership and terms of reference.

On 26th May 2017, Herefordshire Council approved the designation of the Allensmore Neighbourhood area as described in the decision document. This area comprises all within the Allensmore parish boundary except that part of Poplar Road which has been designated within the Clehonger plan area. See here for a map of the designated area.

A launch event was held on 29th July 2017 in the Village Hall.
 
A draft issues and options document has been prepared (see here) and a consultation held between 9th January and 11th February. For more details and the results of the consultation, see issues and options section
 
The issues and options document and the results of the consultation are currently being used to develop a draft preferred options plan which will be published in the next couple of months for further consultation.
 
A "Call for Sites" has been announced by the steering group on 10th March 2018. This invites residents and landowners who have any potential sites they would consider for development to submit an application - see here for more details. This will be widely publicised and, after independent technical assessment, will feed into the draft preferred options plan.

 

The consultation on the issues and options document is now closed.

For more information and the results of the consultation go to the issues and options section.


Previous events and activities

Go to the Issues and options section for information and the results of the consultation on the Issues and Options document.

The steering group is holding a launch event on Saturday 29th July 2017 from 10am until 3pm.

Please drop in to find out more about the NDP such as what it is, what it achieves and how we all agree its contents prior to a referendum which gives everyone in the community the opportunity to vote for or against it.

For more details see here.


Having received positive encouragement from a number of residents, Allensmore Parish Council decided at the meeting on 23rd March 2017 to proceed with an NDP and have established a steering group for this purpose.

All points in the proposal (see here) were supported by the parish council, including the Terms of Reference of the steering group.

The membership of the steering group is as follows:

Nick Chapman - chair

Tim Hancox - vice chair

Sally Lawrence - minutes

Jim Hamilton - facebook communication

Tony Cramp - Finance

Jeremy Lawrence

Merle Hancox

Yvonne Chapman

Louise Hamilton

Michael Owens

To contact the steering group, please email NDP@allensmore.org.uk

 

Designation

On 26th May 2017, Herefordshire Council approved the designation of the Allensmore Neighbourhood area under Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) regulations 2012 as described in the decision document. This area comprises all within the Allensmore parish boundary except that part of Poplar Road which has been designated within the Clehonger plan area.

Please see the Herefordshire Council website here for more details.

 

NDP steering group meetings

These meetings are open to everyone to observe and provide an opportunity for people to voice their views or ask questions.

See NDP meetings for full details (time, location, agenda, minutes) of past and future meetings of the steering group.


 

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan and why do it?

Herefordshire Council has produced and adopted a core strategy which describes the planning policies for the county until the year 2031 and it is against this set of policies that planning applications are considered.

The core strategy and other documents describe in broad detail what will be done and how, but do not provide all the local details - this is where Neighbourhood Development Plans come in.

For example, the core strategy sets out that in rural areas such as the parish of Allensmore, there will be a growth of around 14% of housing over the term of the plan. Given the number of approvals already granted, this equates to around 15 new houses between now and 2031. However, the core strategy doesn’t specify the areas of the parish where these houses can be built, nor what sort of housing it would be.

An NDP would ask for the views of people living here and could specify settlement areas in the parish to define where this development could and could not take place. It could also express views on what type of housing (e.g. size, style, built in clusters or single premises etc.) is preferred. Once adopted, the NDP has legal status and its contents must be taken into account when planning applications are considered. In other words, it gives us, this community, more control about the developments that will happen here over the next 15 years or so.

It is important to note that an NDP cannot contradict the core strategy nor be used to prevent development, but it adds more detail such as where and what sort of developments are permitted and what they should look like – based on what the community decides it wants.

The NDP can include topics such as settlement boundaries (areas in the parish outside of which new housing developments will not be permitted), allocation of sites for housing and/or employment, the design of buildings (style, size, materials, eco standards, affordability etc.) and protection of open spaces or important  building and their surroundings.

See Herefordshire council's website for much more detailed information.

 

What does it take to do one of these plans, and what happens if we don’t?

There are currently around 100 of these NDP plans in various stages of development around the county (just a very few completed so far). Grants are available to the Parish Council which should be sufficient to cover the costs, and by having an adopted plan the parish would receive a little more income from the Community Infrastructure Levy than it would otherwise receive.

If the Parish Council doesn’t choose to go this route, then with limited consultation, Herefordshire Council will produce a Rural Site Allocation Plan which would define the settlement boundaries and allocate possible sites on our behalf.

There is no doubt that producing an NDP requires a considerable amount of work and is not a quick process, typically taking 18 - 30 months. Once the plan is developed and approved by Herefordshire Council and an external inspector, there will be a referendum of the people in the area to determine if it is adopted.

 

What can I do?

In order to undertake this, the Parish Council would need considerable help from the community, particularly from two or three volunteers who would be prepared to take a major role in helping to steer the project and develop the plan. The Parish Council is also keen to know if the community backs this work and are prepared to provide their views and opinions via consultation events or a survey.

Please let us know if you think this is a worthwhile endeavour and if you support the idea, by emailing NDP@allensmore.org.uk . Also, please use the same email address to let us know if you would consider being one of the volunteers to help lead or work on the project.

Allensmore Parish Council

November 2016