Cleeve Prior Parish Council
Cleeve Prior Parish Council

Neighbourhood Plan

See the left hand column to view NP documents.

A Neighbourhood Plan is essentially a planning document that will help establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood taking into account the local council‘s assessment of housing and other development needs in the area. But it can go further than that and consider a range of other issues such as the amount and quality of public open space, traffic, communications and other infrastructure provision. 

Whilst only the land use element will form part of the planning system to help decide what gets built where and when, members of the Community can use neighbourhood planning to influence the type, design and mix of new development. They can also set out what else is important to them and this can help direct District and County Council expenditure in other areas covered by the Plan. 

The Plan will inform the process and is therefore essential for supporting economic growth, improving people‘s quality of life and protecting the natural environment. The Cleeve Prior Neighbourhood Plan (NP) will seek to concentrate on four main policy areas which will have a major impact on our community.

The Working Party is composed of the following parishioners:


Nick Bury

Tom Carr (Chair)

Peter Howe

Stephen Matthews

Brian Taylor

Theresa Woodbine

Cllr Sue Robinson

Cllr Peter Wilson


All members of the Working Party are volunteers with no background in Planning.

From November 2013 the committee has been supported by grant funded planning consultants, Robert Keith, MRTPI and Jed Griffiths, MA DipTP FRTPI.


Summary of Activities


Cleeve Prior was allocated Front Runner funding to assist in the preparation of the Plan.

There was an initial lack of available resources, in the form of support and reference materials, to assist in the development of an NP. As time has passed resources have become available and this has made it easier to plan and understand the process for developing a NP and the legal framework in which it sits.


The key activities undertaken have been:

-          Agreement of the village boundary for the purposes of the NP

-          InitialVillage meeting to introduce the objectives of an NP to the village

-          Development of a set of “Pillars”: Housing & Development; Employment;


Education and Infrastructure. A set of sub headings will be developed within these pillars, based on village feedback

-          A Village Questionnaire was circulated and summarised.

-          A grant submission was submitted to Locality for the purposes of acquiring                    funding for a Planning Consultant. The grant was successful and provides us                  with funding for training and support of the Working Party as we develop the                plan, and does allow for engagement of the Planner as an additional                            Working Party Member.


Comment on Progress


It is important to note that there is no template Plan to refer to for guidance. Each NP is a unique and there is no off-the-shelf solution. Preparing an NP is a very complex and labour intensive process. It has been described as “grown up” planning  and this is an acknowledgement that it is a technical process that does not translate easily to non-professionals.


Preparation of the Plan must be conducted in a way that allows inspection and review so that any legal challenges to the plan can be defended. Anecdotally, a number of existing plans may not survive this scrutiny and they are currently being tested in court.


The Way Forward



The communication strategy has been agreed as:


-          The Newsletter. This will be used for updates, feedback, and announcement of              events

-          Website. 

-          Leaflet drops. Key events will be advertised and updates provided by way of                  house-to-house leaflet drops

-          Notice boards. Boards in the village green and pub can be used to provide                    updates and information to the village.


Allocation of Sites for Development


The Working Party agrees that identification of general areas where development may be allowed, and areas that will be protected from development is within the scope of the plan.


Proposed NP Content

An Introduction & Background

1. Housing & Development.
A Position Statement

  • Private Residential
  • Affordable Housing
  • The CP Traveller Site(s)
  • Employment Use
  • Design
  • Public Open Space
  • Sports & Recreational Provision
  • Conservation
  • Recycling & Sustainability
  • A Community Right to Build order (permission for small-scale, site-specific developments by a community group).

2. Employment
A Position Statement

  • The School & Pre-School
  • Dyson Stud Farm
  • Kings Arms Public House
  • Home Working
  • Mill Lane Nurseries
  • Farm Shop
  • Domestic
  • Agricultural & Seasonal Labour
  • Tourism

3. Education
A Position Statement

  • Its role in the Community
  • Constitution
  • Staff Levels
  • Pupil intake
  • School Ownership & Use
  • Funding

4. Infrastructure

A Position Statement

  • Public Transport
  • Road Traffic
  • Cycle Routes
  • Public Rights of Way (Bridleways & Footpaths)
  • Cable Broadband & Information Technology

What the NP is.


1.      A NP will establish general planning policies up to 2030 so that residents can                 influence new development proposals within the village. It can also do much more          than this.

2.      The Plan is developed by parishioners, guided by the Working Party appointed               by the Parish Council.

3.      The plan will only come into force after extensive consultation and following a                referendum, so that everyone who lives in the village can vote to either accept or          reject the plan.


The NP is not just about what development should be allowed and where. Consultation with residents and village groups so far has established four pillars upon which various issues important to the community might be set out, just like headings and sub-headings on a content page. These pillars are Housing & Development, Employment, Education and Infrastructure. Below these will be a variety of sub headings intended to address those areas that are important to residents. What do you think is important?

As part of the continued consultation with residents a number of events are about to be held to ensure that you have a say in what the Plan content will be; to have a say on what you think is important.


The Plan will be a statutory planning policy document but it will not over rule Wychavon District Council's planning policies. Adopting a NP does not mean that development will or will not take place. It will however allow us to influence the decision process and set out some criteria against which new development is considered. It can control the look, location, and to a certain extent the type of any development.


As time goes on the number of "obvious" sites for new development decreases and so the risk of speculative planning applications and unsympathetic development increases. We do not have the ability to simply prevent development, but we can set out criteria against which new development should be considered;

  • which views, walls, fields and green spaces should be protected?
  • Should any development include commercial business space?
  • What could development look like, in terms of materials and ecological impact?
  • How might developers contribute to other aspects of village life?

Development should be seen as a possible means to an end, and not just an end in itself. How do you want any future development to positively influence other aspects of village life? For instance some communities want particularly to attract younger families to help maintain the viability of the village school, and so tune their NDP to help to achieve this. What do you think could be done to attract more families to the village? Where would they live?


The Working Party is a small group of village volunteers. We come from a range of backgrounds, but we have one thing in common – we all care deeply about Cleeve Prior. We want and need everyone to have a say on how life in our village will evolve. The NP process is everyone’s opportunity to declare what is important, what should be safeguarded and to have some control over what the village will look like in the future. Can we afford to miss this opportunity?


Cleeve Prior Parish Council

36 The Close

Cleeve Prior

WR11 8LF


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