Comments invited on proposed Great Witley and Hillhampton Neighbourhood Area

Malvern Hills District Council is inviting views on the proposal to designate the parishes of Great Witley and Hillhampton as a "neighbourhood area".

Great Witley and Hillhampton Parish Council has submitted an application to Malvern Hills District Council to designate the parishes of Great Witley and Hillhampton 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 parish council has to apply to the District Council to be designated as a neighbourhood area.

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

Councillor Melanie Baker, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing at MHDC said: "Neighbourhood Plans are intended to give local communities greater influence in deciding the look and feel of future development in their area. Being designated as a neighbourhood area will be an important first step to enable the parish council to draw up a neighbourhood plan for Great Witley and Hillhampton".

Mike Pennington, Chair of the Great Witley and Hillhampton Neighbourhood Plan Working Party, said: "A neighbourhood plan will help shape the future growth of the two communities to ensure that they are balanced and sustainable and a reflection of the wishes of the residents of the area. A neighbourhood plan will also help us to address the protection and enhancement of the natural environment in order to retain the character and individual identity of the area".

Public consultation on the boundary of the proposed neighbourhood area starts on Friday 31 October and runs until Friday, 12 December 2014.

Any comments on the Great Witley and Hillhampton neighbourhood area application should be sent to Malvern Hills District Council by 5pm on Friday 12 December 2014. Comments can be sent electronically via email to or posted to the following address: Development Plans and Conservation, Malvern Hills District Council, Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF.

  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
  1. 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For further information and for detailed maps of the proposed neighbourhood areas please visit or please contact David Clarke on 01684 862370.