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. Neighbourhood Planning allows 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.
Latest Neighbourhood Planning News
- Honeybourne - Neighbourhood Plan 'made' (adopted) on 30 April 2020
- Eckington - Neighbourhood Plan 'made' (adopted) on 19 February 2020
- Elmley Castle, Bricklehampton and Netherton - Neighbourhood Area designated on 29 November 2019
- Sedgeberrow - Neighbourhood Area designated on 29 November 2019
- Harvington - Neighbourhood Plan 'made' (adopted) on 18 September 2019.
- Pebworth Parish - Neighbourhood Plan 'made' (adopted) on 18 September 2019.
- Dodderhill - Neighbourhood Area designated on 18 April 2019.
Made (adopted) Neighbourhood Plans
- North Claines - 26 April 2017.
- Drakes Broughton and Wadborough with Pirton Neighbourhood Plan - 26 April 2017.
- Bredon, Bredon’s Norton and Westmancote Neighbourhood Plan (Bredon Parish) - 26 July 2017.
- Cleeve Prior - 21 February 2018.
- Harvington - 18 September 2019.
- Pebworth Parish - 18 September 2019.
- Eckington 19 February 2020
- Honeybourne - 30 April 2020
Neighbourhood Plans at Referendum stage
There are not currently any Neighbourhood Plans at referendum stage in Wychavon.
Neighbourhood Plans at Examination stage
There are not currently any Neighbourhood Plans at examination stage in Wychavon.
Submitted Neighbourhood Plans
There are not currently any submitted Neighbourhood Plans in Wychavon.
Draft Neighbourhood Plans
There are not currently any draft Neighbourhood Plans in Wychavon.
Designated Neighbourhood Areas
Please note that once a draft Neighbourhood Plan consultation gets underway, the link is removed from the Designated Neighbourhood Areas section and moved through the stages.
- Ashton under Hill - designated on 18 December 2015.
- Beckford Parish - designated on 10 April 2018.
- Broadway - designated on 4 February 2014.
- Dodderhill - designated on 18 April 2019.
- Droitwich Spa - designated on 11 January 2017.
- Elmley Castle, Bricklehampton and Netherton - designated on 29 November 2019
- Hanbury - designated on 14 October 2014.
- Inkberrow - designated on 10 May 2018.
- Ombersley and Doverdale - designated on 29 August 2017.
- Norton-juxta-Kempsey - designated on 11 January 2017.
- Sedgeberrow - designated on 29 November 2019
- South Lenches - designated on 10 September 2015.
- Whittington - designated on 15 October 2013.
Useful Neighbourhood Planning Information
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.
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.
SWDP Strategic Policies for the Purposes of Neighbourhood Planning
One of the basic conditions that a draft Neighbourhood Plan must meet if it is to proceed to referendum is that it is in general conformity with strategic policies in the development plan. We have prepared a list of the Strategic Policies in the South Worcestershire Development Plan for the purposes of neighbourhood planning.
Funding available for Neighbourhood Planning
An initial grant of £9,000 is available for all Neighbourhood Plan groups to support the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan, with a further £6,000 available to groups with more complex issues (including allocating housing and mixed use development sites). 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.
Groups may also wish to apply for a Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant of between £300 and £10,000, which must be spent on activities that benefit the community, including hosting an event, purchasing equipment, running training courses and professional fees.
Further information and support for Neighbourhood Planning
Locality 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'. The '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.