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. NPs allow 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.

Neighbourhood Planning in Wychavon Map

Latest Neighbourhood Planning News

Made Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood Plans at Referendum stage

There are currently no Neighbourhood Plans at Referendum in Wychavon.

Neighbourhood Plans at Examination stage

  • Cleeve Prior - submitted Neighbourhood Plan consultation ended on 14 June 2017.  

Submitted Neighbourhood Plans

  • There are currently no submitted Neighbourhood Plans in Wychavon.

Draft Neighbourhood Plans

  • There are currently no Neighbourhood Plans at draft Neighbourhood Plan 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.

  • Ashton under Hill - Neighbourhood Area designated on 18 December 2015.
  • Broadway - Neighbourhood Area designated on 4 February 2014.
  • Droitwich Spa - Neighbourhood Area designated on 11 January 2017.
  • Eckington - Neighbourhood Area designated on 17 March 2015.
  • Hanbury - Neighbourhood Area designated on 14 October 2014.
  • Harvington - Neighbourhood Area designated on 17 March 2015.
  • Honeybourne - Neighbourhood Area designated on 25 September 2015.
  • Ombersley and Doverdale - Neighbourhood Area designated on 29 August 2017.
  • Norton-juxta-Kempsey - Neigbourhood Area designated on 11 January 2017.
  • Pebworth - Neighbourhood Area designated on 10 April 2013.
  • South Lenches - Neighbourhood Area designated on 10 September 2015.
  • Whittington - Neighbourhood Area designated on 15 October 2013.

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.

Wychavon's Neighbourhood Planning Protocol

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.

Wychavon's Neighbourhood Planning Guide

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 Andrew Ford or Reiss Sadler in the Planning Policy team on 01386 565 362 or 01386 565 430, or email