Neighbourhood Development Plan

In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic, the NDP Steering Group has decided to postpone the Open Day that was planned for 28th March.

A new date will be published when things get back to normal.


We are in the process of producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for our parish. Please click here for our Terms of Reference

The Herefordshire Council core planning strategy (2011 – 2031) sets out that in rural areas such as Aston Ingham, there will be a growth of around 14% of housing.  This equates to around 21 new houses between now and 2031.

The NDP will help guide development and land-use within our parish over the next 12 years (2031) and must reflect the interest and opinions of the community.

Latest News – January 2020

Six months into the production of the Aston Ingham Parish NDP, we have been busy developing the draft Vision & Objectives. We are now working on our budget and grants, as well as sorting out some external help from planning consultants. We plan to hold the first Open Day for parishioners on Saturday 28th March 2020, for you to give us your views on what you want to happen in the Parish over the next 10 – 20 years. This will be followed by a questionnaire, asking you to answer questions on all sorts of topics from building new houses, protecting the environment, roads and transport, business and leisure. Please keep your eyes peeled for our events and ensure you come along to have your views taken into consideration.

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

The NDP is a locally-prepared planning document to guide decisions on land use and development within our parish.

The NDP will consider key land use planning topics, such as:

  • housing
  • landscape, environment and heritage
  • local economy
  • community facilities
  • roads and infrastructure

It is important to note that an NDP cannot be used to prevent development, but it adds more detail such as where and what sort of developments are permitted and what they should look like – based on what the community decides it wants.

The approved NDP will be an official planning document that has to be taken into account by Local Authority Planners and Planning Inspectors when they are making decisions on planning applications and appeals in our parish.

Who is involved in its preparation?

The production of our NDP is being managed by a Steering Group made up of Parish Councillors and local residents, with representation from across the parishes, under the guidance of the Parish Council.  However, the NDP will only be accepted if it can demonstrate the involvement of the local community throughout the preparation and decision making process.

The Group meets monthly in Village Hall at 7.00 pm.

Dates for the next meetings are:

19th February 2020

16th March 2020

15th April 2020.

The meetings are open to the public and are publicised locally and on the website, so do come along.

You can email the Steering Group at

What is the process for developing the plan?

NDP: Overview of process

The process is likely to take between 18 – 24 months.  For more details please refer to the Project Plan section