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Hanley Castle Community Broadband Project (Mar 2019)

Here is an update for all those interested in the Hanley Castle community broadband project. This scheme covers Hanley Castle/GilbertsEnd, Brotheridge Green and north as far as the Rhydd. A few houses in Hanley Swan are included  but most will fall into a different scheme or possibly already have the decent broadband service that Hanley Castle so sorely needs.

Progress! We have finally got a quote from Openreach for the Hanley Castle Community Fibre Broadband; the total cost is some £212,000 for 160 properties. We plan to finance this primarily with the government’s gigabit vouchers, which provide £500 per household and £2500 per business or self-employed person working from home. Along with raising some money from other grants and by doing some of the digging work ourselves, we believe it is possible to fund this without needing to top up the funds from individual contributions, but this will require almost 100% uptake for the scheme to  work – in other words if we sign everybody up we should all get a 100mbps fibre to the premises link at no cost!

This is quite urgent as we now have less than a month to get sufficient commitments to the scheme for it to go ahead. Getting a decent broadband service will make a world of difference if you work at home or use Online streaming ( Netflix and the like). Whether you are an owner or a tenant, broadband is now essential.

We now need to get a firm commitment from everyone in order to receive the gigabit vouchers to pay for it all.

To get the gigabit voucher, you need to commit to taking a new 100mbps fibre broadband connection from the date of connection for a minimum of 1 year – costs range from about £30/month including phone line (this price may vary depending on your supplier and currently Virgin have an offer at the equivalent of £18.75/month including phone line). After the initial first year, you can downgrade your contract if you wish.

What do I have to do to qualify as a business or self-employed?  The definition of a business is quite generous: you can be a limited company or a sole trader (self-employed services or online sales for instance) and you would qualify if you can provide any of the following:

VAT registration

Charity registration

HMRC notification

Sole trader UTR number

Certification of incorporation (limited companies)

Business bank account statement issued within the last three months

Non-domestic rates reference

What happens if I don’t have a business, can I still register? YES you can still sign up, as each residence will receive a £500 voucher towards the gigabit voucher scheme.

What happens if I don’t sign up?  In order to make this financially viable we need as many premises as possible to qualify and sign up as businesses or self-employed. Those that don’t sign up will not receive the grant vouchers and we will therefore not pursue connecting them to the network. If you miss this opportunity, the cost of an individual connection may well be several thousand pounds – one reason we are keen to see this happen now!

Do I get the money from the voucher scheme? No, the vouchers will be used collectively to pay for the installation of the Hanley Castle fibre broadband service.

What will happen if we don’t get the required number of vouchers to pay for the installation? If we do not get enough vouchers to pay for the installation, the Hanley Castle broadband project will likely not progress.

What do I need to do? Contact via email or call:

Sara 01684 593286

Bill 01684 311001

Kind regards

Sara Beadon


Defibrillators in The Hanleys

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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.


Free Tickets to the Malvern Autumn Show (2018)

Hanley Castle Parish Council


29th – 30th September 2018


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Hanley Swan Market & Café – Bursary

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NGS Gardens in Hanley Swan (2018)

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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

Free Tickets to the Malvern Autumn Show (2017)

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