Neighbourhood Planning in Wychavon

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new element to the planning system for England in the form of ‘Neighbourhood Planning'. Neighbourhood Planning sits within the strategic focus of the South Worcestershire Development Plan. The Act introduced new planning tools to allow communities to shape and manage new development in their local areas to include:

  • Neighbourhood Plans (NPs)
    NPs in Wychavon can be prepared only by Parish or Town Councils. NPs allow a partnership of communities including businesses, residents and interested parties to develop policies that, subject to an independent examination and community referendum, will become part of the planning framework for land uses in their local area.

  • Neighbourhood Development Orders (NDO) & Community Right to Build (CRB)
    Communities can use a NDO or a CRB to permit the development they want to see in their area without the need to obtain specific planning permission. This could be identified through a statutory (governed by planning law) or non - statutory (not subject to planning law) document. Further information can be viewed on the 'Our Neighbourhood Planning' website.

Wychavon's Neighbourhood Plan Protocol

To help Parish and Town Councils to understand the Council's role in Neighbourhood Plans process, Wychavon has produced a protocol which sets out how Neighbourhood Plans will be taken forward. Protocols will also be prepared in due course for NDOs and CRBs and will be updated on this page once completed. Wychavon's protocol is available by clicking the link below:

Wychavon's Neighbourhood Planning Protocol

Wychavon's Neighbourhood Planning Guide

We have produced a guide to developing a neighbourhood plan which details the stages of the neighbourhood plan process and the support available to Parish/Town Councils who wish to develop a neighbourhood plan. The guide is available to view below:

A guide for developing a neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood Area Designations

Initially the Government made available funding known as a 'front runner grant' to a number of pilot groups to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. The final funds from this process were announced in March 2012. Cleeve Prior, Pebworth and Whittington Parish Councils successfully received a grant.

Details on the current consultations for Neighbourhood Area Designations can be found using the following link:

Consultations on Neighbourhood Area Designations

Details on the approved Neighbourhood Area Designations can be found using the following link:

Approved Neighbourhood Area Designations

Draft Neighbourhood Plans

The next stage in preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan is publicising the draft and consulting statutory consultees and the public for at least six weeks.

Details on the current consultations for Draft Neighbourhood Plans can be found using the following link:

Consultations on Draft Neighbourhood Plans

Details on previous consultations on Draft Neighbourhood Plans can be found using the following link:

Previous Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultations

Submitted Neighbourhood Plans

The next stage of the Neighbourhood Plan process is submission to Wychavon District Council, which is then publicised and consulted upon for a further six weeks before going forward to independent examination and referendum.

Details on the current consultations for Submitted Neighbourhood Plans can be found using the following link:

Consultations on Submitted Neighbourhood Plans


Neighbourhood Plans at Examination

Following the statutory six week consultation on a submitted Neighbourhood Plan, it is then progressed to independent examination.  

Details on the Neighbourhood Plans currently at Examination can be found using the following link:

Neighbourhood Plans at Examination


Funding available for Neighbourhood Planning

From April 2016, a grant of £9,000 is available for neighbourhood plan groups i.e. parish and town councils to support the preperation of a neighbourhood plan. This money must be applied for directly by the neighbourhood plan group, parish council or town council. Further information can be found on the Locality website.

Further information and support for Neighbourhood Planning are available to view on the links below:

Design Council provides Neighbourhood Planning toolkits, briefs and guidance

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) are leading the Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning (SCNP) project in the West of England

The Prince's Foundation is an educational charity, promoting sustainable development and community engagement to improve urban areas.

Locality: The Building Community Consortium provides free support, advice, guidance to help local groups create a neighbourhood plan:

Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional planning advice to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay professional fees. Through funding from Communities and Local Government, the organisation has set up a useful website for people to share their experiences around ‘Neighbourhood Planning'. Our Neighbourhood Planning website includes a forum to support people and communities who are using new powers under the Localism Act 2011 to create neighbourhood plans. The website has forums and discussion groups about preparing a neighbourhood plan, provides opportunity to learn about what is happening in other areas, how to liaise with local planning authorities and advice on community engagement. There are also useful resources and information about neighbourhood planning events in England.

Further Information

If you would like further advice or support in the preparation of your Neighbourhood Plan please contact Andrew Ford (Senior Planner) in the Policy Plans Team on (01386) 565362.