Neighbourhood Development Plan

Consultation on the Draft Plan –  May 2022  

The Aston Ingham draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) has now been published for consultation – closing date 15 June 2022.     You can read it HERE .

As you know, we have been preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan to guide how our Parish will develop in the next few years. We have now reached the stage where we have a draft Plan – and we want to know what you think.

The draft plan will be available for comment from May 3rd until June 15th.  It was approved for consultation by the Parish Council at it’s meeting on February 4th, 2022.  Aston Ingham residents will have an insert in the May Chimes with information on how to read and comment on the plan on one side and the comments form on the other.  Please return it: • to the post box at the Village Hall, collection boxes at the Church or The Penny Farthing Inn, or at the Annual Parish Meeting. • by post to the Clerk to Aston Ingham Parish Council, Brooklands, Aston Ingham, HR9 7LS. • or send an email to the Clerk at

To find out more, come along to the Annual Parish Meeting at the Aston Ingham Village Hall on Thursday 19 May at 7.00 p.m.  when there will be a presentation on the plan from our planning consultant David Nicholson.

There are printed copies of the NDP including comments forms at the Village Hall, St. John the Baptist Church and The Penny Farthing Inn.

Additional Comments forms can be opened and saved here for completion and printing –  Comments Form

Two supporting documents have been produced by Herefordshire Council to support our NDP, these are the  Appropriate Assessment which screens for impacts on important habitats, and the Strategic Environmental Assessment which considers the effect of our plans on the Environment.

If you have any comments on any aspect of the NDP process that you wish to share with the committee, please use the Email Us button to the right.
All documents produced through the process can be found here on our Evidence Documents, and information on our consultation can be found in the Consultation Record.
Minutes of all of our meetings can be found here in NDP Minutes
The Steering Group meetings are held in the Village Hall at 7pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  Members of the public are welcome to attend please send your request via email  to so that you can receive further details

Julia Askew (Chair, Aston Ingham NDP Steering Group)


General Information 

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 in our Parish 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.

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 – location and method to be provide each month in advance

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 – 36 months.  For more details please refer to the Project Plan section