The 2011 Localism Act reformed the planning system offering communities an opportunity to take a leading role in how their local environment would develop. Shobdon Parish Council asked Herefordshire Council to designate the parish as a Neighbourhood Plan Area and this was approved in July 2012. A Parish Plan Steering Group was formed from interested local residents and had its first meeting in 2013.
Between 2013 and 2018 the steering group and parish council worked on the plan and the different stages of the formal consultation process, before the plan was put to a referendum. The referendum on adoption of the NDP was held on the 28th February 2019 and the result was overwhelmingly in favour of adoption, with 83.4% of votes for “yes”.
The Shobdon Neighbourhood Development Plan has been developed to help deliver the local community’s requirements and aspirations for the plan period up to 2031. The Plan will provide a means of guiding, promoting and enabling balanced and sustainable change and growth within the designated area of Shobdon Parish and is the central document used by the Parish Council to guide its comments on all planning applications.
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