Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

*** 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 the 3rd March at 6:30pm (if you would like to attend remotely, please email

NDP Issues and Options document (results and comments) 

Dear Stoke Lacy Residents,

Many thanks to all those who took the time to complete the Stoke Lacy Neighbourhood Development Plan Issues and Options document with feedback and comments. Your views are very much appreciated and will help shape the final NDP outcome.

Out of around 201 houses that we distributed to, we received 65 completed responses (70+ individual people) and all of them, including comments, have now been collated and are available for you to read if you click on the link at the end of this note. This information and any further comments, will feed into the final NDP report which is being drafted over the next few months.

The vast majority of responses and comments were thoughtful, constructive and useful. However, we were disappointed with one or two remarks which were unnecessarily negative, especially towards the new development at Newlands. We would like to point out that these negative comments do not represent the views of the Parish Council, NDP Steering Group or indeed the majority of the community.

It is important to bear in mind that Newlands and indeed all its residents now form a significant part of our community. The parish welcomes them and values the contribution that they have to make towards the NDP and village life in general.

The appointed planning consultant (AECOM) have completed their technical review of the Stoke Lacy ‘call for sites’ initiative. This is now being verified by Locality who manage NDP Grant applications ( Once the final version is received by the Parish Council we will send the results to the landowners before publishing on the Parish and NDP websites. Over the course of the next few weeks the draft NDP report will be compiled by our planning consultant.

The NDP steering group are developing plans for the postponed public meetings and communications in the new year once Covid-19 restrictions allow. These public meetings will give a further opportunity for residents to consider the draft NDP, settlement boundaries and sites offered for development and to make comments which will be considered in the final plan. In the meantime, if you have any further comments or questions please either use the NDP Postbox (at the Church and Village Hall), email to or phone 01885 448102

Once again, the parish council thank you for your input towards this valuable initiative which gives the entire parish an opportunity to influence planning policy within its boundaries for the years ahead.

Stoke Lacy NDP – Survey Results v3.0

Best wishes,

Janet Ivison

Chair – Stoke Lacy Parish Council

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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