What is the Neighbourhood Development Plan?

The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) will shape and focus the development of Harvington until 2030.
The current draft has been developed by the community of Harvington and approved by Harvington Parish Council.
The eventual plan will be submitted to an Independent Examiner before then going on to a public referendum.

Regulation 14 Consultation

A Neighbourhood Development Plan has to go through a number of stages of consultation and examination before it can come into force.

This current stage is termed the "Regulation 14 consultation". Here Harvington Parish Council offers the draft plan for comment by villagers, local businesses and various statutory authorities. Responses are gathered and analysed by the Parish Council. This consultation invites comments on two associated documents:
The plan as a whole is structured in this way so that once the NDP is 'made' (following the village referendum) it will become the planning document to be referenced throughout the plan period.
The NDP, ERJ and associated evidence and maps can be downloaded here.

Consultation period

The consultation period started on Friday 27th April. It ends
5 pm Saturday 9th June 2018

Consultation responses

Responses to this consultation should preferably be sent by eMail to harvingtonpc@gmail.com
Written responses may be sent to
Harvington Parish Clerk
Morton Wood Farm
Morton Wood Lane
Abbots Morton
Worcestershire
WR7 4LU
Written responses may also be submitted at the following village events:
Friday18th May10am to 12 noonGolden Cross PH
Friday18th May7pm to 9pmCoach and Horses PH function room
Saturday19th May10am to 2pmVillage Hall
Sunday27th May2pm to 4pmVillage Hall
Printed copies of the NDP and ERJ documents will be available for inspection at these events.
The events will be managed by members of the Parish Council; written responses will be collected by the Parish Clerk.

Processing of responses

Every response will be considered and potentially used to modify the plan before it is formally submitted to Wychavon District Council.
All responses will be public and will be published.
Please read the Neighbourhood Plan Privacy Notice to understand how the Parish Council will use the information you provide.

What happens next?

Once the consultation responses have been tabulated the plan has to proceed through the following stages:
  1. The responses will be considered and amendments made to the plan, where deemed appropriate by the Parish Council,
  2. The amended plan will be passed to Wychavon District Council, who will undertake a 'Regulation 16 consultation' among statutory authorities,
  3. The plan will then be examined by an independent planning examiner,
  4. The examiner's findings will be considered, and further amendments made where necessary,
  5. The final version of the plan will be submittted by Wychavon District Council to a referendum of the electorate of Harvington,
  6. If there is a simple majority in favour of the plan, it will then be 'made' and will come into force.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which controls the process and content of neighbourhood plans is to be revised by the government 'this summer'; the Parish Council may be advised to wait to assess the impact of the new NPPF before proceeding to the regulation 16 consultation.

How was the draft plan produced?

The draft plan was produced by a volunteer Steering Group of villagers. Their working methodology, survey results, meeting minutes and background papers and photographs are recorded on this web site and can be seen by using the menu items at the top of this page.
The draft plan was then revised by our planning consultant - Neil Pearce of Avon Planning Services - who has also advised the Parish Council on this consultation process.