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Neighbourhood Plan

The Bodenham Neighbourhood Development Plan was formally adopted on 28 September 2018 and you can find a copy here.

You can also find the Decision Notice for the adoption of the Plan here.




The 2011 Localism Act changed the planning system to give local people a greater say in how their communities are developed. Once adopted, Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) now give residents the opportunity to decide the planning policies for the use and development of the land in their town or parish including, for example, choosing where new homes, shops, leisure facilities or businesses should be built, how many there should be, and what the buildings should look like.

NDPs need to conform with planning policies and guidance at local, national and European levels and comply with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations. Those preparing them must also demonstrate that the local community has been fully involved throughout the drafting process and plans can only be finally adopted if the local community vote in favour of them in a referendum.

Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been made and adopted, it becomes a statutory plan carrying equal weight with Herefordshire Council's Local Plan, forms part of the Local Development Framework and will be used by Herefordshire Council in making decisions on planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area. Further information can be found here.

The Bodenham Neighbourhood Development Plan

On 5 March 2013 the Parish Council applied for Bodenham Parish to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area and this was granted on 22 April 2013. By that time the Parish Council had, on 8 April 2013, established the nucleus of a Steering Group to develop a NDP for the Parish.

This was a very important initiative because of the way the NDP, once made, will influence the development of the Parish through the future planning process. As already mentioned, the local community has to be fully involved and evidence of this has to be provided, for example, through the outcome of surveys of the views of local residents and from comments received after public meetings and open days. This evidence is contained in a 'Consultation Statement' and you can find a copy of this, together with all the other documents relating to the Plan, in the 'Evidence Base' here.

Regulation 14 Consultation

At its Meeting on 1 August 2016 the Parish Council approved a draft version of the Plan for circulation in what is called the ‘Regulation 14 Consultation’. This was when local residents and businesses had the chance to study the draft and comment on it formally. (You can find out more about this and the other parts of the neighbourhood planning process here).

Printed copies of the draft Plan were delivered to households and businesses by volunteers in the week Monday 26 September - Sunday, 2 October 2016. (You can still find and, if you wish, download a copy of that edition of the draft plan here).

The formal six-week Regulation 14 Consultation started on Monday, 3 October and finished on Monday, 14 November 2016, while the deadline for comments was 5.00pm on Sunday, 20 November 2016. Over 60 responses were received and the Parish Council would like to express its thanks to all those who took the trouble to study the draft Plan and submit their views on it.

Updating the Plan

Following the Consultation, the Parish Council spent much of the first half of 2017 preparing its replies to all the responses it had received and considering what, if any, changes it needed to make to the draft Plan in the light of all the views which had been expressed. With so many responses received - some of them quite detailed - this proved to be a lengthy process and involved the Parish Council seeking advice on the more technical points from our independent planning consultant.

However, steady progress was made and the results were compiled in the draft Consultation Statement already mentioned. This sets out details of when and how local residents, as well as other organisations with an interest in the NDP such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and Welsh Water, have been consulted in the preparation of the draft Plan. It also includes transcripts of all the responses received to the 'Regulation 14' Consultation, together with the Parish Council's replies to them and the changes to the draft Plan which resulted.

At the same time a new, updated version of the draft Plan was produced incorporating all the latest modifications and this took the Parish Council to the point when, on 10 November 2017 it was able to submit the new draft Plan and various supporting documents to Herefordshire Council. These can all be found in the Regulation 16 section of the 'Evidence Base' here.

Regulation 16 Consultation

Herefordshire Council then arranged the Plan's 'Regulation 16' Consultation which gave residents and interested outside bodies a six week opportunity to study and comment on this latest draft of the NDP. This Consultation started on 23 November and ended on 11 January and copies of the responses to it can, once again, be found in the 'Evidence Base', as well as on Herefordshire Council's website here.


Following the Consultation, Herefordshire Council recommended that the NDP should progress to the next stage. In this it was examined by an independent Inspector, Mr Richard High, whose task was to ensure that the Plan complied with all the relevant legislation - most notably the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, but also EU regulations - as well as with national planning policies and government guidance on their implementation. Based on his Examination it was open to him to make one of three recommendations – that the NDP was not fit to be submitted to a referendum; that it might be submitted once specified modifications had been made to it; or that it was fit to be the subject of a referendum without modification.

Mr High started his examination towards the end of March 2018 and visited the Parish on at least two occasions. He issued his final Report on 9 May 2018, a copy of which can be found here, and in it he recommended that the Plan could proceed to a referendum, subject to a number of modifications which he prescribed.


The Neighbourhood Development Plan was modified as recommended by the Examiner and you can find the final version on which the Referendum was conducted here.

All of the 912 residents on the electoral roll in the Parish were eligible to vote in the Referendum which was held on Thursday, 12 July 2018 under arrangements made by Herefordshire Council. The outcome of the Referendum - whether or not the Plan should be adopted - was decided by a simple majority (over 50% of those voting). Of the 453 votes cast, 424 (93.6%) were in favour of the Plan being adopted, while 29 (6.4%) were against this. The overall turnout was 49.67% of the registered electors.

Many thanks to all those interested in the future of the Parish who took the time and trouble to vote.  


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