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Neighbourhood Development Plan


Cleeve Prior Neighbourhood Plan


Submitted Neighbourhood Plan Consultation - 2 May to 14 June 2017

Under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulation 2012, Cleeve Prior Parish Council submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to Wychavon District Council on 20 April 2017. In accordance with Regulation 16, a six week public consultation will run from 9am Tuesday 2 May to 5pm Wednesday 14 June 2017 during which interested parties are invited to make comments on the Cleeve Prior Neighbourhood Plan.


Comments should be submitted using the response form, either by email to or by post to Planning Policy, Wychavon District Council, Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT.

Resident's representations will be coded and will not be made identifiable by individual.

To view the submitted Cleeve Prior Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents, please follow the links below:

The above documents are also available at the following locations:

  • Wychavon District Council, Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, WR10 1PT (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)
  • Evesham Library, Oat Street, Evesham, WR11 4PJ (Monday and Wednesday-Friday 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday 9.30am-7pm and Saturday 9.30am-4pm)
  • Evesham Community Contact Centre, Abbey Road, Evesham, WR11 4SB (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)
  • Bidford Community Library, Bramley Way, Bidford on Avon, B50 4QG (Monday-Tuesday 10am-4.30pm, Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-midday)


Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation - 1 May to 30 June 2015

In accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Cleeve Prior Parish Council consulted upon their draft Neighbourhood Plan from Friday 1 May until Tuesday 30 June 2015. To view this document, please follow the link below:


What's changed?

The number of dwellings has been increased on the Traveller site - this however is a red herring to some extent

Once planning permission is granted the number becomes irrelevant and any developer will want to maximise the amount of profit so will put as much development as possible on the site

See Bidford Parish Council experience

Their Parish Council memebrs are willing to speak to interested parties as the agreed 60 houses has now turned into 749 as other people are able to throw land in

This becomes infill and cannot be refused

Thus the land at the rear of Mill Lane could also be included as a private negociation, and all land opposite the site

See Welford for example of infill 












The NDP document

The Response



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.

For example, the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a new levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. The money raised from the CIL can be used to fund infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhood want, like safer road schemes, public open space improvements or care facilities.

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 (CPNP) will seek to concentrate on four main policy areas which will have a major impact on our community.

The Process
Consultation is already under way with articles in the Cleeve Prior Newsletter and a recent public meeting. It will continue up to the production of a draft CPNP which will be circulated for consultation before a final draft is produced.This will then be submitted for review by an Independent examiner who will check that it meets the right basic standards. If accepted, copies of the proposed CPNP will be circulated in time for a referendum to be held. The referendum will ask;

“Do you agree that the Cleeve Prior Neighbourhood Plan should be adopted as a formal document to help establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in the neighbourhood? Yes/No.”

This ensures that the community has the final say on whether a neighbourhood plan comes into force and once in force decision makers are obliged to consider proposals for development in the neighbourhood against the neighbourhood plan.

Further information on Neighbourhood Planning can be found in the detailed guide.

Tom Carr is the new Chairman of this group


What did the questionnaire tell us? Click here to see the results.



“What do you want Cleeve Prior to look like in 2030?”


What the NDP is.


  1. A NDP 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 village residents, guided by a Steering Group 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 NDP 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 NDP 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 Steering Group 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 NDP 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?

 We will be asking parishioners, village clubs, societies and businesses for their views over the coming weeks at a series of free public drop-in sessions, at different times and locations, where every villager will be able to contribute. Each resident of the village can suggest areas that should be safeguarded and other areas that might be better suited for development. We’ll also be asking questions to prompt views and ideas on a range of other issues affecting village life.