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.

Declaration of Results – NHP Poll 2018

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Hanley Castle Neighbourhood Development Plan – The Last Step

At long last after a prolonged development period we have reached the last step in having a neighbourhood plan for the parish of Hanley Castle.

All that remains is for the community to vote on the acceptability of the plan. In consequence a referendum relating to the plan will be held on Thursday 29 November 2018.

The question that will be asked in the Referendum is “Do you want Malvern Hills District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Hanley Castle Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” (The neighbourhood area is the whole parish.)

A person is entitled to vote in the Referendum if:

  • He or she is entitled to vote in an election of any Councillor of Malvern Hills District Council any of whose area is in the Referendum area; and
  • His or her qualifying address for the election is in the Referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be so registered.

The District Council will issue polling cards to eligible voters and the vote will take place at the village hall.

A copy of the specified documents, that is those documents listed below, may be inspected on the District Council’s website at

The Plan and Design Guide documents with supporting information are also available on this website by following the links below.

Copies are also available for inspection at the following locations:

  • Malvern Library, Graham Road, Malvern, WR14 2HU (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9:30am-5pm)

The specified documents are:

  • The draft Hanley Castle Parish Neighbourhood Plan, as modified;
  • The draft Hanley Castle Design Guide, as modified
  • Supporting Documents
  • The report of the independent examiner into the draft Hanley Castle Parish Neighbourhood Plan;
  • Copies of the written representations submitted to the independent examiner;
  • A Decision Statement of Malvern Hills District Council’s satisfaction that the draft Hanley Castle Parish Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions specific by statue and complies with the provision made by or under Section 38A and 38B of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;
  • A statement that sets out general information as to Town and Country Planning including Neighbourhood Planning and the Referendum;
  • Map of the Hanley Castle Parish Neighbourhood Plan Area.

The Parish Council thanks those members of the community who have helped in the plan development and urges all voters to USE YOUR VOTE on Thursday 29th November.


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 Plan – Consultation Results

The results of the informal consultation are now available:

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Neighbourhood Plan – Time to Comment

This is an opportunity for the residents of the parish of Hanley Castle to comment upon the draft 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. Continue reading

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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