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Neighbourhood Planning in Wychavon

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Neighbourhood Planning in Wychavon

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new element to the planning system for England in the form of Neighbourhood Planning. Neighbourhood Planning sits within the strategic focus of the South Worcestershire Development Plan. Neighbourhood Planning allows a partnership of communities including businesses, residents and interested parties to develop policies that, subject to an independent examination and community referendum, will become part of the planning framework for land uses in their local area.

The map below shows current progress on Neighbourhood Planning within Wychavon:

pdf Neighbourhood Planning Progress in Wychavon (Updated December 2023) (3.98 MB)

Latest Neighbourhood Planning News

Harvington Neighbourhood Plan 

*Consultation Now Live until Monday 19 August 2024​*

Under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 Hanley Castle Parish Council has submitted the draft Harvington Neighbourhood Plan (Review) to Wychavon District Council. In accordance with Regulation 16, the District Council would like to invite comments from organisations and individuals on the draft Neighbourhood Plan from Monday 8 July to 23:59 on Monday 19 August 2024.

To find out more information, please visit the Harvington Neighbourhood Plan

Made (adopted) Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans at Referendum stage

There are not currently any Neighbourhood Plans in Wychavon at Referendum stage.

Neighbourhood Plans at Examination stage

There are not currently any Neighbourhood Plans in Wychavon at Examination. 

Submitted Neighbourhood Plans

There are not currently any submitted Neighbourhood Plans in Wychavon.

Draft Neighbourhood Plans

There are not currently any Neighbourhood Plans in Wychavon at this stage.  

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.

Useful Neighbourhood Planning Information

Wychavon's Neighbourhood Plan Protocol

To help Parish and Town Councils to understand the Council's role in Neighbourhood Plans process, Wychavon has produced a Protocol which sets out how Neighbourhood Plans will be taken forward.

pdf Wychavon's Neighbourhood Planning Protocol (1.89 MB)

Wychavon's 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.

pdf Wychavon's Neighbourhood Planning Guide (707 KB)

SWDP Strategic Policies for the Purposes of Neighbourhood Planning

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.

pdf SWDP Strategic Policies for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning (258 KB)

Funding available for Neighbourhood Planning

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'. The '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 the Policy Team by email using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or be telephone using 01386 565565.

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