Dinedor Neighbourhood Plan

Our Vision for Dinedor Parish is to maintain its rural nature and to promote the health, well-being and sense of community of the residents.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan? 

Neighbourhood Plans are a new part of the statutory development planning system.  Just as Herefordshire Council can produce plans to promote, guide and control development of houses, businesses, open spaces and other uses of land, parish councils can now have some control by preparing a neighbourhood plan.  When complete, the plan will form part of the statutory development plan for Dinedor parish.  It will be used to promote and guide what goes where and will be used to help determine the parish council’s response to planning applications.

What area does it cover?

It covers the whole of the parish area.  In the draft plan there is a map showing the parish boundary.

How has the draft plan been put together? 

A parish council steering group, made up of parish councillors and local people has put the draft together with the help of an external planning consultant.  The cost of the consultant has been paid for by a grant from Herefordshire Council.

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings of the Steering Group.  The next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at Dinedor Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.  A copy of the agenda can be downloaded by clicking here

August 2018 – Further Consultation

Thank you to everyone who took the time and trouble to submit comments on the draft plan under the Regulation 14 consulation.  That consultation is now closed and members of the Steering Group have met to evaluate the comments and drafted some amendments to the plan based upon those comments.    The main change has been to extend the “village envelope” to include an extra parcel of land sufficient to build up to 8 houses over the plan period to 2031.  The additional parcel is between Hill View and Dinedor Hall.  By making this amendment the plan should meet the requirements of Herefordshire Council’s Strategic Plan and we have consulted with Herefordshire Council and Kirkwells our planning consultants in reaching this decision.  We are now giving the opportunity to comment on this change before the next stage of the process.  This further consultation is not essential under the legislation but the parish council is very keen to ensure the fullest local involvement.

A draft copy of the plan is available by clicking here.  Alternatively you can ask for a printed copy from the Parish Clerk by e-mailing dinedorparishcouncil@gmail.com.   A small number of copies will also be available at the coffee morning at the Village Hall on Saturday 4th August from 10.30am and 12 noon.  There is a form to use for your comments in the back of the plan or you can a separate form by clicking here.  Please return your completed form(s) no later than 5pm on 31st August 2018.  The Steering Group will look at your comments at the meeting to be held on 4th September and will prepare any recommendations for consideration by the Parish Council at the next council meeting on 18th September.


 What happens after that? 

Page 8 of the plan shows all the stages of the plan which are set out in the legislation.  Once the  plan is revised (stage 4), it will be submitted to Herefordshire Council (stage 5) who will consult upon it (stage 6).  It will then go to an external examiner, (stage 7) and afterwards to a referendum (stage 8).  The referendum is a vote for local people on whether or not they wish the plan to be accepted.  All parishioners on the electoral roll will have a vote.  If the outcome is support for the plan, it becomes part of the planning process. (stage 9 – final stage).


If you would like further information about the process of setting up a Neighbourhood Development Plan and how it will benefit the community, please contact the Parish Clerk on 07977 675 456 or via email at Dinedorparishcouncil@gmail.com.