A Very Warm Welcome to our Neighbourhood Development Plan Website!

This website is designed to keep the community of Walford Parish up to date on progress, opinions, key issues, and events which will help formulate our Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

Walford Neighbourhood Development Plan Regulation 14 Public Consultation Notice

In accordance with Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Part 5, 14(a)-(c) notice is hereby given that a formal pre-submission public consultation on the Draft Walford Neighbourhood Development Plan will start at 00.01 a.m. on 4th January 2022 for a period of 6 weeks ending at midnight on 16th February 2022.

Walford 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 has been created through listening to the views of the residents of the Parish.

The Plan will provide a means of guiding, promoting and enabling balanced and sustainable change and growth within the designated area of Walford Parish.

Walford Parish Council invites comments on the Draft Plan. All responses received will be considered by the Parish Council to inform a revised version of the Plan. The revised version of the Plan will then be submitted to Herefordshire Council, as the local planning authority, for examination by an independent examiner.

The Draft Plan may be viewed at https://www.walford-pc.org.uk/planning/ndp/ or https://walford-ndp.co.uk/project-documents/the-neighbourhood-plan/ or be emailed to residents on request to clerk@walford-pc.org.uk. Copies are also available for inspection at Ross Library, The Inn on the Wye and the Mill Race pub. Paper copies of the Plan may be borrowed by emailing clerk@walford-pc.org.uk

Responses may be emailed to clerk@walford-pc.org.uk or posted to Walford Parish Council, Unitas Villa, Camp Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 5NJ.


All comments must be received by midnight on

16th February 2022

It may seem that the Walford Neighbourhood Development Plan has been hanging around for ages, well that’s because it has!  The project to create a plan was started in 2012, but came to a halt after a short while to wait for the Herefordshire Core Strategy to be completed.  The Parish Council are the body responsible for the NDP supported by a Steering Group that undertakes the day to day tasks of progressing the project to the plan and gathering evidence.

Producing an NDP is a long and complicated process.  This website necessarily contains a lot of information that provides both our plan, the background evidence to support our plan and a record of the process used to create our plan.

Why are we creating a Plan?

Approving new amenities, houses and other buildings has been controlled through district and county councils since 1948, but in 2011 the Government introduced Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) to give communities more power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and on policies that would influence growth there.

Having our own NDP will enable the communities of our parish to play a much stronger role in saying where new developments are sited, and shaping the neighbourhood in which we live and work. Once adopted, the NDP will be used alongside national and county policies by the planning authority when making decisions.  These policies have already set out the increase in housing the Government believes is necessary, with Walford Parish required to provide 91 new dwellings between 2011 and 2031.  In the absence of an NDP, that requirement will be implemented without any  local input.