Deadline for Views, Verges, Buildings and Land Extended

Thank you, we have received some great input so far and have therefore decided to extend the deadline for input until the end of August.  Once the information is in we will be holding online votes to test the popularity of the suggested input and identify “iconic” items.

1. Scenic views that you would like preserved.

Is there a parish view that you are particularly fond of, consider iconic and would not like to see spoiled?  Submit a photo with GPS co-ordinates (if you use a mobile phone with location set to ‘On’ your position will automatically be recorded with the photo, or find your position on Google maps) and background information such as which direction you were facing.  We will plot them on a map and include the most popular in our plan.  Views must be of the parish (but can be taken from outside the parish).

2. Features and/or amenities you would like protected.

Is there a parish green space, woodland, building, tree, biodiverse verge etc. that you would want to see protected against development?  Submit a photo with GPS co-ordinates (for a mobile phone set location to ‘On’ as above) and background information such as which direction you were facing.  We will plot them on a map and include the most popular in our plan.   Features and amenities must be inside the parish.

3. What size of housing development would you consider appropriate?

What would you consider to be an appropriate size of housing development across the parish?  Does this vary by settlement?  E.g.  In Walford and Coughton along the B4243 11-20 might be acceptable, but for other areas 6-10 may seem large. Select from the following site sizes in your response and submit your thoughts by email:

1-5   6-10   11-20   21-30   31-40   41+


Send your photos and information to: by 31st August 2020

Please note that by submitting your photos you are agreeing that they may be used in a parish calendar in the future.

Evidence Base Added to Website

The documents and information used by the Steering Group and our consultants to underpin the construction of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and it’s Policies, known as the “evidence base” has been added to the website.

Consisting of approximately forty documents or links the Evidence Base covers a wide range of subjects including the environment, housing, the National Planning Policy Framework and the Herefordshire Core Strategy.

Walford Parish NDP Potential Development Sites Map As At 31st March 2020

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  1. The map of NDP sites offered shows all of the sites that have been offered by landowners up to the deadline of 31st March 2020.
  2. These sites have not been fully assessed for suitability for housing and therefore do not represent sites that can be built on.
  3. Over the summer we will be having an independent assessment of all sites to determine which of them meets the needs in terms of suitability and numbers of houses required within our NDP.
  4. After this we will be presenting the results to the parish in public meetings to gather feedback before including them in the draft NDP to be presented to Herefordshire council.
  5. It is important to realise that any site, even if considered suitable, will need to go through the the normal planning approval process with Herefordshire Council who can grant or refuse permission even if we have included it in our housing plan.

Please note that the map has been updated to reflect an error in the border of site WNDP5 which included a property that was not part of the submission.  A further amendment to this site will be made as soon as it is available to reflect a parcel of land added to the property but not yet registered. We apologise for any distress that this may have caused.

Project Update – 21st April 2020

Following relaxation of the rules around conducting meetings online the steering group has returned to their task of planning and executing the Walford Parish NDP project. We are able to meet using WebEx and members of the public are able to join.  See the calendar on the NDP website or the Walford Parish website for details of how to join the meeting.

We are currently concentrating our efforts on two tasks:

  1. Development of vision, objectives and policy areas for the NDP document.
  2. Site assessment, having received a total of 30 sites within the parish which are offered for potential development towards our target of a minimum of 91 new houses for 2031.  We are setting site selection criteria which enable us to select suitable sites that meet the rules and standards that the National Planning Policy Framework and the Herefordshire Council Core Strategy dictate.  The 30 sites will be published once we have completed mapping them.

We are also checking what further tasks we might be able to proceed with during this time of lockdown and we will publish a revised project plan as soon as we can. Things will continue to be unclear for some time to come and so project planning is an imprecise art at the moment.

Thank you.