Neighbourhood Plan

Brimfield and Little Hereford Group Parish Council Neighbourhood Development Plan 2011-2031

A formal referendum run by Herefordshire Council took place on July 7th 2016 and parishioners voted 91.8% Yes to 8.2% No in favour of adoption of the Brimfield and Little Hereford Neighbourhood Development plan.

Adoption of the plan was the culmination of three years of hard work on the Parish Council-led project in conjunction with the Steering Group. The plan will protect Brimfield settlement boundary, it designates specific housing sites with controlled numbers and protects Brimfield and Little Hereford’s rural area.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this result. That means all of you who expressed your views at consultation events; who delivered questionnaires; who wrote up results, and dozens of other things. Without all your help and interest the Steering Group could not have delivered this Plan.

Brimfield and Little Hereford will more than meet the percentage growth in residential development which the county requires and at the same time, the plan goes further than just controlling where development can take place – a lot of effort has gone into detailing the type and size of homes that are best for the future growth of the Parish, together with design criteria to enhance the local setting, as well as ensuring that the Parish infrastructure is enhanced and services protected. Preparation of the plan was totally grant funded. Brimfield and Little Hereford Group Parish Council worked with Planning Consultants Kirkwells on the production of the various drafts of the plans, as well as informal and formal consultations. The links below provide you with the definitive plan together with relevant supporting information.


Referendum result

Neighbourhood Development Plan

Inspectors Report

Strategic Environmental Report 2016

Habitat Regulation Report 2014

HRA addendum 2015

HRA addendum 2016

Progression to examination decision document

Regulation 16 Report – for comparison purposes

Brimfield and Little Hereford policies map

Consultation statement

Basic Conditions Statement

Regulation 14 Report – for comparison purposes


Statement – July 2018

Following the comments made by a resident at the June 2018 meeting of the Parish Council, advice and guidance has been sought from the NDP team at HCC. Concerns were raised relating to HCC not having a  5 year land supply document in place at present, and the impact this could have in deciding planning applications within the village.

Recently, a ministerial statement has stated that where a NDP is in place, and the local authority does not have a 5 year land supply document in place, essential housing policies should not be seen as ‘out of date’ if:

  • the NDP has been part of the development plan for less than 2 years:
  • contains site allocations and:
  • the local authority has a 3 year land supply.

As our NDP was adopted in August 2016, the ministerial statement will not apply from next month, so there may be additional pressure. This also applies to the Core Strategy policies which are classified as being ‘out of date’ but are still considered to determine planning policies.

Notwithstanding all of the above, the NPPF paragraphs 183-185 should be taken into consideration, paragraph 198 states that where a planning application conflicts with a NDP that is in force (adopted), planning permission should not normally be granted.

HCC has in place a 4.54 year land supply, well in excess of 3 years.

All of the above will need to be taken into account within the ‘planning balance’ when any application is submitted.


The Parish Council would like to reassure all residents that the NDP is not ‘ineffective’ as was stated at the June meeting.  It is a valid legal planning document that is still being used to determine planning applications in our parish.  Everyone involved in the NDP process should continue to be proud of this achievement, which continues to inform and deliver local development.


Statement – April 2019 (click to view)



Last updated on April 22nd, 2014