Neighbourhood Development Plan

Update on the work of the Steering Committee –  February 2021
All of the questionnaires went out in January and we have closed the collection with 210 returned from 324.  That is a result of 65% which is great.  Initial results are giving us a good steer on what is important too you and what you want us for the Parish in the future.  We also collected a lot of information for the Parish Council on community issues that will be passed on.
The results from the questionnaires will now be analysed by our planning consultant and a report produced which will be put on the website for you to look at, in April probably.
We will soon start to look at a Call for Sites and some draft policies for our NDP.

The Steering Group are going to hold the March meeting on the 9th on Zoom.  Members of the public are invited, but if you wish to attend please send your request via email  to so that you can receive the zoom invitation.

Julia Askew (Chair, Aston Ingham NDP Steering Committee)

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 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