The Independent Examiner has completed their inspection of our NDP and has recommended that Herefordshire Council move forward to a referendum to decide if it is adopted.
Herefordshire Council is looking to hold the referendum on 30th January 2020 and will send out voting cards to electors, in the same way as they do for local government elections, to ask this question: Do you want Herefordshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Holmer & Shelwick to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
The voting cards that Herefordshire Council send out will have the date and polling station location on them.
If the community chooses to accept the NDP it will become the local tier in the statutory planning framework:
- National: National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
- County: Herefordshire Local Plan, Core Strategy
- Local: Neighbourhood Development Plan
This statutory planning framework governs the development and use of land in the area. When planning applications are made, they must be decided in accordance with this framework, unless there are overriding circumstances to the contrary.
The final version of the Referendum NDP is available here:
Whichever way you vote, please make sure you have your say by taking part in the referendum.
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
A Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) sets out policies and plans for the area and gives communities direct power to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.
Neighbourhood Development Plans can:
• Decide where and what type of development should happen within the parish
• Decide what the development should look like
• Promote development of the community in line with the South Worcestershire Development Plan
• Include detailed planning policies for the parish
Neighbourhood Development Plans cannot:
• Conflict with the policies within the South Worcestershire Development Plan
• Be used to prevent development
• Include county matters such as waste and minerals
For more about Neighbourhood Planning click here or watch the video below!