Progress on NDP – Delay to Regulation 14 Consultation due to Covid-19

We were expecting to arrange Regulation 14 formal consultation in the near future, but at present this has been postponed due to Covid 19 government restrictions.  This consultation is a FORMAL one unlike the previous informal events seeking village views and sharing our ideas and policies.  Regulation 14 as it is known is a legal requirement and the law states:

Before submitting a plan proposal to the local planning authority, a qualifying body must: 

a) publicise, in a manner that is likely to bring it to the attention of people who live, work or carry on business in the neighbourhood area—

(i)details of the proposals for a neighbourhood development plan;

(ii)details of where and when the proposals for a neighbourhood development plan may be inspected;

(iii)details of how to make representations; and

(iv)the date by which those representations must be received, being not less than 6 weeks from the date on which the draft proposal is first publicised;

(b) consult any consultation body referred to in paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 whose interests the qualifying body considers may be affected by the proposals for a neighbourhood development plan; and

(c) send a copy of the proposals for a neighbourhood development plan to the local planning authority.

Reg 14 is when the draft plan is tested by interested parties and key stakeholders, and where amendments are made, and responses to the formal comments are also published.  In effect, this is when the Neighbourhood Development Plan starts to “get real”.  After this hurdle, we then proceed to Regulation 16, this is when Malvern Hills District Council publicise the plan asking for final comments.  After this, we can proceed to examination by an Independent Examiner – the timeline for this is currently under review due to Covid 19 restrictions on public consultations.

Hallow Parish Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to work together with Malvern Hills District Council and to progress our NDP alongside the revision to the South Worcestershire Development Plan.  The Memo agrees to provide a site for housing via the NDP for inclusion in the revised SWDP.  At present this is expected to be an extension to the current site in Greenhill Lane (SWDP 2016 allocated site), and at present is targeted for at least 40 houses (this will be in addition to the 33 currently allocated to Greenhill Lane opposite the Ladygo shop).  Sites were reviewed with villagers at 5 public events in October-November 2019.

At present Hallow NDP covers:

  1. Policies on landscape and green spaces, and key views.
  2. Housing site allocation (presently Greenhill Lane extension).
  3. Policies on heritage assets and archaeological assets for protection; and Design Guidance for new development.
  4. Policies on community facilities.

The full draft will shortly be available the Hallow NDP website.

For more information please contact Hazel Kemshall           01905 641 632