Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

Stoke Lacy Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan

Steering Group Meetings

As the Stoke Lacy NDP has reached an important and intensive period of activity before we hold open Parish Meetings next year, the Steering Group Meetings will continue but will only be scheduled a week in advance so a flexible agenda will be provided on the day. Next meeting Wed 8th December at 7:00pm in the Plough Inn

If you would like to attend any of the Steering Group Meetings, please contact Paul Hayden our Parish Clerk on:

Thank you – Stoke Lacy NDP SG


Latest Draft NDP Documents:

Draft NDP Reg 14 Document to follow when formal Consultant period starts on the 17th January 2022

Draft NDP Reg 14 Appendix 7 – AECOM Design Guidance and Codes v0.3 (click to open)

PPA v2 Dec 2021 – Planning Policy Assessment and Review of Technical Evidence – (click to open)


The following 3 documents are the compiled results from the responses from the Stoke Lacy Community in respect of the NDP document distributed in April/May 2021

(Note: there were 2 responses received where the respondents refused to put their names. These were rejected as it was not possible to prove they were part of the Stoke Lacy Community.)

NDP Responses to Call for Sites Options (click to open)

NDP Responses to Settlement Boundaries and Draft Policy’s (click to open)

NDP Apr 21 – Transcript of Comments collated by section (click to open)


NDP Questionnaire – (Click to open)

AECOM Final Report (click to open)

AECOM Addendum (Site 13) Final Report (click to open)

Responses to the Issues & Options document – (click to open)

Despite the constraints of Covid-19 regulations, the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Steering Group, under the direction of the Parish Council, continues to work on the development of our Neighbourhood Plan. We are a small group of volunteers who are all part of the community and struggling like everyone else with the many challenges we have faced for the last year including home schooling and work commitments. Despite this we are encouraged that we have been able to maintain progress and, although face to face meetings have been impossible, we have done all we can using permitted and remote options to keep the project on track and you informed.

Creating an NDP is a prescriptive process with national guidelines. Part of the process can include what is called a ‘Call for Sites’ whereby the community and stakeholders are asked if they wish to submit any land for potential development in the future that, if approved, could be included in the NDP. The Steering Group has considerable professional expertise at hand to support the development of this plan and for this process we are supported by AECOM one of the world’s top engineering and design groups providing planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services. 

AECOM has assessed the suitability of all the sites regarding access, flood risk, drainage etc together with environmental and heritage considerations and it should be stressed that this assessment is not a recommendation for development. 

The AECOM report is available here (LINK) and we now need you to review it and let us have your thought about which, if any, should be included in the NDP  

These will also be included in a draft consultation document about policies and sites due to be circulated to the community in early April.

You can comment by: email at or posting in NDP collection boxes situated at the Church and Village Hall.

Thank you for your time

Stoke Lacy NDP Steering Group


*** Due to Covid 19 restrictions no face to face NDP meetings will be taking place ***

The next NDP Steering Group Video Call will be held on Wednesday 5th May 2021 (if you would like to attend remotely, please email

This is your Parish…….your plan…….so have your say.

Here are the responses to the call for sites in August Call for Sites – Proposed sites for development (locations) (click to open)

Here are the proposals for Settlement Boundaries Settlement Boundaries options (click to open)

If you experience any problems, please either email or phone 01885 448102


Your chance to shape Stoke Lacy’s future

What are the benefits of producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

A Neighbourhood Development Plan can help the community play a greater role in shaping the future of their area. It can bring together local residents, businesses, community groups, landowners and developers to share ideas and build consensus about what development needs to be implemented and what is beneficial for the local community. It can also help build relationships between the local community and service providers. A neighbourhood development plan (NDP) offers communities the only real opportunity to set the priorities and design principles for planning within their area. Without one, a neighbourhood can be exposed to whatever development the local council and developers deem necessary.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan entails considerable work and community involvement and engagement will be essential if the project is to be successful. An NDP Steering Group has been set up under the responsibility of the Parish Council who are working actively on behalf of the community.

Background to NDP project 2019 – 2020

Following an invitation to all Stoke Lacy residents from the parish council, a public meeting was held on the 6th October 2019 to establish whether there was interest in developing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Stoke Lacy. At that meeting a representative from Herefordshire council introduced the subject and provided information about NDPs. After a discussion, a vote was held amongst the members of the public attending and it was agreed that a steering group should be formed to move forward with a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish.

Everyone from the Parish was invited to an initial launch of the NDP project on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at Stoke Lacy Village Hall to start sharing a vision for our community. Around 60 members of the community attended and HALC (Herefordshire Association of Local Councils) hosted the meeting to describe and outline the requirements of the NDP and how important it is for Parishes to have an imput to local planning decisions.

For more detailed information on NDP’s please visit Herefordshire Council website here

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