A RALLYING call has been issued for Hallow residents to have their say on the proposed Neighbourhood Plan.
The draft document covers the period between 2020 and 2041 and sets out a vision and policies to guide development in the parish.
Included is a site allocation for around 40 new homes at Greenhill Lane and policies to ensure any new residential development has a mix of housing types and would be appropriately designed.
The draft Plan also features policies to protect important views, protect valued community and recreation facilities, retain existing wildlife habitats, protect and enhance Hallow Conservation Area and proposes the designation of six new Local Green Spaces.
Neighbourhood Plans are a key part of the Government’s localism agenda to give local people more of a say on issues such as where new homes, shops and offices should be built, and the design of new developments.
Hallow Parish Council has produced the document after working with the local community and has now submitted it to Malvern Hills District Council for final public consultation.
This begins today and runs until 5pm on February 26.
Once the consultation is completed, the document will be subject to an independent examination and if approved a referendum will be held.
If more than 50 per cent of voters in the parish back the plan, it will become part of the statutory development plan for Malvern Hills District, sitting alongside the South Worcestershire Development Plan, and will be used when determining planning decisions in the Hallow parish.
Coun David Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Infrastructure and Flooding on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “I congratulate the community of Hallow on the production of this draft plan.
“It is an important document which will guide the way the area grows and develops in future so it is really important that the people of Hallow let us have their views on the plan and its proposals.”
Hazel Kemshall, Chair of the Hallow Parish Council, said: “The Neighbourhood Plan sets out the community’s vision for Hallow to continue to be an attractive place to live that caters for the needs of all age groups in the area.
“The Neighbourhood Plan seeks to manage housing growth so that it meets the needs of local people whilst also preserving the natural environment and protecting valued local services in the parish.”
The plan is available to view online at https://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/hallow-neighbourhood-plan where people can also take part in the consultation by downloading and filling in the response form.
Comments can be emailed to Policy.Plans@malvernhills.gov.uk or sent by post to Planning Policy at Malvern Hills District Council, Planning Services, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF.
Paper copies of the draft Hallow Neighbourhood Plan are available on request from Malvern Hills District Council at Policy.Plans@malvernhills.gov.uk or telephone 01684 862370. Supporting documents are available on the Malvern Hills District Council website.