Views wanted on Abberley Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in Abberley can have their say on proposed plans for future development in their parish.

The draft Abberley Neighbourhood Plan covers the period between 2020 and 2030 and sets out a vision and policies to guide development in the parish.

The draft Plan includes policies to guide the development of new housing, employment and retail proposals in the parish and to ensure that any new development is appropriately designed.

It also includes policies to protect key views, protect valued community facilities, protect sites of biodiversity and geodiversity importance, protect and enhance Abberley Conservation Area and proposes the designation of six new Local Green Spaces.

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

Abberley Parish Council have produced the document after working with the local community and have now submitted it to Malvern Hills District Council for final public consultation. This will start on Friday, 4 December and run to 5pm on Friday 22 January 2021.

Once the consultation is completed, the document will be subject to an independent examination and if approved a referendum will be held. If more than 50 per cent of voters in the parish back the plan, it will become part of the statutory development plan for Malvern Hills District, sitting alongside the South Worcestershire Development Plan, and will be used when determining planning decisions in the Abberley parish.

Councillor David Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Infrastructure and Flooding at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "This is a very important document that will help the determination of development proposals in the area with regard to the policies proposed. It is really important that the people of Abberley let us have their views on the plan, and its proposals, as it will help shape various aspects of planning, including to improve the local facilities, set building design and land use within the local area "

Catherine Knight, Chair of the Abberley Parish Council, said: "The Neighbourhood Plan seeks to reflect the community's wish to protect the open countryside whilst also ensuring that any development is sited and designed so as to fit into the local landscape."

The plan is available to view online at where people can also take part in the consultation by downloading and filling in the response form. Comments can also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sent by post to Planning Policy at Malvern Hills District Council, Planning Services, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF.

Paper copies of the draft Abberley Neighbourhood Plan are available at the Abberley Village Stores or obtained on request from Malvern Hills District Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01684 862370.

Supporting documents are available on the Malvern Hills District Council website.


Notes for Editors

  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

  1. Neighbourhood Plans must be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the 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.
  1. 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 in the District.
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