Category Archives: Neighbourhood Plan (NHP)

Neighbourhood Plans have become an important way of helping shape communities under new planning policies and guidelines. Hanley Castle Parish Council has decided to set the process of developing their Neighbourhood plan in motion as soon as possible to ensure that the community’s wishes are not ignored in the future.

Neighbourhood Plan – Public Consulation

February 16th to April 6th 2018

Malvern Hills District Council have organised the latest consultation on the Hanley Castle Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The plan has been changed since the last time a consultation was undertaken.

To be sure it still meets the needs of the Parish it would be good if it could be reviewed again. If you can, please take the time to look at the documents here or on the MHDC website. Comments are to go to MHDC either by email or by forms which are available from the village store or Upton, Malvern and Tenbury libraries, hard copies are held at these sites.

Thank you.

Parish Councillor Robert Lamb

Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Chairman


The Neighbourhood Development Plan – We ARE Getting There!

It would seem that every time I propose a closing timetable for our Neighbourhood Plan I get it drastically wrong. Obviously in all those years as a project manager I learnt nothing!

A bit of an update on what happened in 2017.

  • We redrafted the plan in response to comments received as part of our informal consultation with the community.
  • This redraft was necessary before we went into the next formal stage which was a wider public consultation involving many statutory bodies. This took place from the end of April to the middle of June and unsurprisingly there were significant changes to be made before we moved on.
  • Following assimilation of material comments from consultees we had once more to redraft the plan document in order to prepare a Submission Version to go to MHDC.
  • We also prepared a Consultation Statement to demonstrate how we had involved our community, the comments received and how we had dealt with them.
  • In addition we prepared a Basic Conditions Statement to demonstrate how we had met the requirements of neighbourhood planning regulations and EU legislation.

At the end of January 2018 we were able to make our submission to MHDC, our Local Planning Authority. The documents we have submitted are:

  • The Neighbourhood Plan document – 139 pages.
  • Supporting Document 1 – 63 pages.
  • Supporting Document 2 – 101 pages.
  • The Hanley Castle Design Guide – 44 pages.
  • Basic Conditions Statement – 21 pages.
  • Consultation Statement – 69 pages.

All of these documents are available on The Hanleys web site. Also on the site will be some Parish Maps; these do not form part of the Neighbourhood Plan submission but you may find them useful to put things into context.

What happens next?

  • MHDC will submit our plan to a further public consultation process. This is scheduled to start around the middle of February and will last for 7 weeks to allow for Easter. We will post the actual dates on our website but if you wish to respond to the consultation you must do this through MHDC.
  • MHDC will also subject the plan to an independent external inspection. It is quite possible that the plan document will have to be modified again following consultation and inspector comments. So the version you can see at the moment may not be the final version!
  • Put the plan up for formal community approval via a referendum and finally –
  • Implement it!

Thank you all for your continuing perseverance.

Parish Councillor Bob Lamb

Steering Group Chairman

February 2018

Neighbourhood Plan – Time to Comment (Again)

This is a further opportunity for the residents of the parish of Hanley Castle to comment upon the documents which comprise the neighbourhood plan. In 2014 we received the results of our questionnaires to both residents and businesses. Since then a lot of work has been done to reflect these results in policies that will form part of the planning process. The results of our previous informal consultation have been incorporated into these revised documents. Continue reading

Neighbourhood Plan – What we did in 2016

Neighbourhood Planning – What we did in 2015

When we started to develop our Neighbourhood Plan I don’t think any of us envisaged it would take more than two years! Here we are at the start of 2016 entering year three of our endeavours; I can at last see some light at the end of the tunnel. Our Plan will of course be linked to the South Worcestershire Development Plan which is expected to be adopted around Easter time 2016. We will be aiming to have our plan drafted, but not approved, in a similar timescale.

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NHP – Aims and Objectives

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NHP Roadshow (Sep 2015)


Are we heading in the right direction?

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Neighbourhood Planning – What we did in 2014

So here we are at the start of 2015 and we have been working upon Neighbourhood Planning for nearly twelve months. What have we achieved in that period?

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Exhibition – Questionnaire Results

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A Thank You

Neighbourhood Planning Questionnaire

Just before the end of July the Neighbourhood Planning Steering Committee distributed a questionnaire to every household in the Parish with a requested return date of 9th August. We distributed approximately 590 questionnaires and received 224 completed documents, although it took sometime after our requested date to achieve that total.

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