Neighbourhood Development Plan

Herefordshire Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) 2020 Call for Sites

 Do you own land or know of land in the Aston Ingham Parish area that you think might be suitable for development? The Herefordshire Council’s Strategic Planning Team are preparing a ‘call for sites’, whereby landowners, agents or developers are invited to submit sites in order for them to be assessed on their potential to accommodate future development.

The Call for Sites will be running until September 12th so there isn’t much time left to submit sites. Information on how to submit your site for assessment can be found at

Sites that are found to be suitable will then also be considered as part of the Aston Ingham Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

Update on the Aston Ingham Neighbourhood Development Plan, June 2020

It was a great shame that our Open Day planned for March 28th had to be postponed. A lot of work had gone into preparing for the day which would have laid out information to help all parishioners understand what an NDP is and also would have been an opportunity for the steering committee to collect parishioner views on how you want to see the Parish grow and develop over the next 10 years or so.

We plan to reschedule the Open Day at the earliest opportunity, hopefully in the last quarter of 2020. However this does rely on access to the village hall and also that the rules governing people gathering are at an appropriate level so that we can all feel comfortable and safe in both running the day and attending it.

The Steering Group are not currently holding meetings, but we hope to start them up again soon, once we have somewhere we can meet safely and also activities that we can usefully start up again.

Julia Askew (Chair, Aston Ingham NDP Steering Committee)

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 as soon as possible, 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