Neighbourhood Planning in Malvern Hills

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new element to the planning system for England in the form of Neighbourhood Planning.

Neighbourhood planning enables communities to shape the development and growth of a local area through the production of a Neighbourhood Development Plan (Neighbourhood Plan), a Neighbourhood Development Order or a Community Right to Build Order.

When made (adopted) Neighbourhood Plans become part of the statutory development plan and sit alongside the South Worcestershire Development Plan to help determine planning applications in that area.

Neighbourhood Planning in Malvern Hills District Map

Latest Neighbourhood Planning News

Hanley Castle - Following receipt of the Examiner’s Report, Malvern Hills District Council will consider the Examiner’s recommended modifications to the Hanley Castle Neighbourhood Plan and decide whether the Plan should proceed to referendum.

Made Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans at Referendum stage

There are currently no Neighbourhood Plans at the Referendum stage in Malvern Hills District.

Neighbourhood Plans at Examination stage

Hanley Castle – The Hanley Castle Neighbourhood Plan has been examined. The Examiner has concluded that subject to the recommended modifications the Neighbourhood Plan meets the Basic Conditions and can proceed to referendum.

Submitted Neighbourhood Plans

The are currently no Submitted Neighbourhood Plans in Malvern Hills District.

Draft Neighbourhood Plans

  • Malvern Town – The Town Council consulted on the Regulation 14 version of its draft Neighbourhood Plan from 17 November 2017 to 26 January 2018.
  • Welland – The Parish Council consulted on the Regulation 14 version of its draft Neighbourhood Plan from 15 December 2015 to 31 January 2016.

Designated Neighbourhood Areas

Please note that once a draft Neighbourhood Plan consultation gets underway, the link is removed from the Designated Neighbourhood Areas section and moved through the stages.

  • Abberley – Neighbourhood Area designated on 28 August 2015
  • Alfrick and Lulsley - Neighbourhood Area designated on 24 September 2013
  • Broadwas and Cotheridge - Neighbourhood Area designated on 20 June 2017
  • Great Witley and Hillhampton - Neighbourhood Area designated on 24 December 2014
  • Leigh and Bransford - Neighbourhood Area designated on 24 September 2013
  • Hallow – Neighbourhood Area designated on 14 July 2017
  • Malvern Wells - Neighbourhood Area designated on 10 March 2017
  • Rushwick – Neighbourhood Area designated on 17 August 2018
  • Tenbury Town and Burford - Neighbourhood Area designated on 17 March 2016
  • Upton upon Severn - Neighbourhood Area designated on 5 March 2015

Useful Neighbourhood Planning Information

Malvern Hills Neighbourhood Planning Guide

We have produced a guide to developing a neighbourhood plan which details the stages of the Neighbourhood Plan process and the support available to Parish/Town Councils who wish to develop a Neighbourhood Plan.

Strategic Policies in the South Worcestershire Development Plan

One of the basic conditions that a draft Neighbourhood Plan must meet if it is to proceed to referendum is that it is in general conformity with strategic policies in the development plan. We have prepared a list of the Strategic Policies in the South Worcestershire Development Plan for the purposes of neighbourhood planning.

Funding available for Neighbourhood Planning

From April 2016, an initial grant of £9,000 is available for all Neighbourhood Plan groups to support the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan, with a further £6,000 available to groups with more complex issues (including allocating housing and mixed use development sites). This money must be applied for directly by the Neighbourhood Plan group, Parish Council or Town Council. Further information can be found on the Locality website.

Groups may also wish to apply for a Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant of between £300 and £10,000, which must be spent on activities that benefit the community, including hosting an event, purchasing equipment, running training courses and professional fees.

Further information and support for Neighbourhood Planning

Locality provides free support, advice, guidance to help local groups create a neighbourhood plan.

Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional planning advice to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay professional fees. Through funding from Communities and Local Government, the organisation has set up a useful website for people to share their experiences around ‘Neighbourhood Planning'. Our Neighbourhood Planning website includes a forum to support people and communities who are using new powers under the Localism Act 2011 to create neighbourhood plans. The website has forums and discussion groups about preparing a neighbourhood plan, provides opportunity to learn about what is happening in other areas, how to liaise with local planning authorities and advice on community engagement. There are also useful resources and information about neighbourhood planning events in England.

Rural Services Network and Know My Area can help in the collation of evidence for the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan.

If you would like further advice or support in the preparation of your Neighbourhood Plan please contact David Clarke in the Planning Policy team on 01684 862370, or email