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Comments invited on proposed Malvern Town Neighbourhood Area

Malvern Hills District Council is inviting views on the proposal to designate the area defined by the boundaries of Malvern Town Council as a "neighbourhood area".

Malvern Town Council has submitted an application to Malvern Hills District Council to designate the area defined by the boundaries of Malvern Town Council as a neighbourhood area with a view to developing a neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood plans are a key part of the Government's Localism agenda to give local people more of a say on issues like where new homes, shops and offices should be built, and the design of new developments.

One of the first steps in developing a neighbourhood plan is that the town council has to apply to the District Council to be designated as a neighbourhood area.

The District Council is inviting comment on the application, particularly from those living or working in the area, during a six week public consultation.

Councillor Adam Rea, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing at MHDC said: "The designation of a neighbourhood area will enable the Town Council to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for Malvern Town and the final plan will have to be approved by local residents. Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community whilst taking into account both the locally assessed and wider area housing needs."

Councillor Patrick Mewton, Chair of the Malvern Town Neighbourhood Plan Working Party, said: "a Neighbourhood Plan will help shape the future growth of Malvern Town through a community-led approach, protecting and enhancing Malvern's existing assets and making Malvern an even more attractive place in which to live and work".

Public consultation on the boundary of the proposed neighbourhood area starts on Friday 13th June and runs until Friday 25th July 2014.

Any comments on the Malvern Town neighbourhood area application should be sent to Malvern Hills District Council by 5pm on Friday 25th July 2014.

Comments can be sent electronically via email to developmentplans@malvernhills.gov.uk or posted to the following address: Development Plans and Conservation, Malvern Hills District Council, Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF.

Further information:

1. Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Neighbourhood planning legislation came into effect in April 2012.

2. Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to:
• agree a neighbourhood development plan (also known as a neighbourhood plan)
• make a neighbourhood development order
• make a Community Right to Build order

3. A neighbourhood plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood, including:
• where new homes and offices should be built
• what they should look like

4. Neighbourhood Plans must be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP). A Neighbourhood Plan can be used to promote more development than is set out in the SWDP but should not promote less development.

5. In areas where a parish or town council exists, these are the only bodies that can prepare a neighbourhood plan. The whole of Malvern Hills District is parished. Therefore, parish and town councils are the only bodies that can prepare a neighbourhood plan.

6. For further information and for detailed maps of the proposed neighbourhood areas please visit our Neighbourhood Planning page, or please contact David Clarke on 01684 862370.