Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)
The Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish of Whitbourne is important because it is the first chance a place as small as
Whitbourne parish has had to influence its own future.
Under powers granted by the Localism Act 2011, the Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish of
Whitbourne. In essence, it concerns the use of land. If adopted, it must be used by Herefordshire Council as part of the planning
decision-making process. The Plan will be limited in time. To fit in with the Herefordshire Local Plan Core Strategy, it will apply only until
It must comply with the strategy of the Local Plan, as well as national policy asset out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This
means the Plan must encourage sustainable development. The NPPF quotes a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly to define
sustainable development as ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
We base our Plan squarely on that definition. Whitbourne itself is the product of sustainable development. Over one generation we have
seen the building of Bannercroft (a social housing development), the rebuilding of the village hall, the creation and equipping of the
playing area, the establishment of the community run village shop, the re- development of Poplands and Wishmore (former farm
buildings) and the refurbishment of the parish church, all enterprises in which incomers co-operatedwith older residents in promoting
growth for the benefit of thecommunity.
Many parishioners have stated their views about the future of Whitbourne. All these have been considered in developing this Plan.
The Plan is in two parts – Part One deals with matters directly pertaining to land use. Part Two deals with other issues of concern within the
parish. All the policies in the Plan conform to the Local Plan Core Strategy and the NPPF. The relevant references in these are set out in
each section of this Plan.
Contact: Jackie Bromley (through Parish Council http://www.whitbourneparishcouncil.org.uk/)