We are in the process of producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for our parish/Neighbourhood Area (add link) – Bromsash, Gorsley and Linton.

The Herefordshire Council core planning strategy (2011 – 2031) sets out that in rural areas such as the parish of Bromsash, Gorsley and Linton, there will be a growth of around 14% of housing.  This equates to around 61 new houses between now and 2031. We have already exceeded this minimum target with 78 permissions granted to date!

The NDP will help guide development and land-use within our parish over the next 13 years (2031)and must reflect the interest and opinions of the community.

What is a neighbourhood Development Plan?

The NDP is a locally-prepared planning document to guide decisions on land use and development within our parish.

The NDP will consider key land use planning topics, such as:

  • housing
  • landscape, environment and heritage
  • local economy
  • community facilities
  • roads and infrastructure

It is important to note that an NDP cannot 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 approved NDP will be an official planning document that has to be taken into account by Local Authority Planners and Planning Inspectors when they are making decisions on planning applications and appeals in our parish.

For further detail regarding Neighbourhood Developments Plans please go to Herefordshire Council NDP guidance

Who is involved in it’s preparation?

The production of our NDP is being managed by a Steering Group made up of Parish Councillors and local residents, with representation from across the parishes, under the guidance of the Parish Council.  However, the NDP will only be accepted if it can demonstrate the involvement of the local community throughout the preparation and decision making process.

The Group meets regularly in Gorsley Village Hall on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7.30 pm.

The meetings are open to the public and are publicised locally and on the website, so do come along.

What is the process for developing the plan?

NDP: Overview of process

The process is likely to take between 18 – 24 months.  For more details please refer to the Project Plan section