About the Plan
The Localism Act 2011 introduced "neighbourhood planning" which empowers parishes to produce their own Neighbourhood Development Plans. These allow some planning policy to be made at parish level. The broad planning policies of the Government and Herefordshire Council will still apply, and the new Neighbourhood Plans will not be able to override these, but they will be able to influence the character, location and extent of any development.
Cusop Parish Council decided in 2012 to go ahead with a Neighbourhood Plan for Cusop. Although the Parish Council starts the process, and has to approve the draft Plan, the whole community must be consulted about its contents. It cannot be adopted until there has been a referendum of the electors of the parish in which a majority of those voting support it. The Parish Council created a Planning Project Group of councillors and residents to organise consultation and to draft the Plan.
Detailed consultations of residents by way of a drop-in event and a door-to-door questionnaire were carried out in 2013 /14 (reports of these consultations can be downloaded from the Project Documents page). Drafting of the Plan was then put on hold until Herefordshire Council had adopted its new Local Plan Core Strategy (the Plan is closely related to this Strategy, so it was decided to wait until the Strategy's final content was certain before going ahead). In the event the Strategy was not adopted until late 2015.
After that work began again and a draft Plan was ready for public consultation in August / September 2016. Local residents and businesses, neighbouring local councils and relevant public bodies were consulted and all comments received were taken into account in preparing a final version of the Plan. This was approved by the Parish Council in February 2017 and submitted to Herefordshire Council who then carried out their own public examination and submitted the draft Plan to an independent examiner.
The Plan is just about planning - how land and buildings are used, anything that needs planning permission - so it does not cover subjects such as the state of our roads that are not regulated by the planning system. Also, it has a legal role, so it has to be a bit precise and dry in style.
The content of the Plan is based on feedback from Cusop residents through the consultation exercises. It does not cover all aspects of planning, only those in which there was a broad-based interest within the community. For these it includes detailed policies for Cusop to supplement the county-wide policies in the Herefordshire Core Strategy. If the Core Strategy’s policies seem fine as they are, our Plan does not add any.
THE DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN HAS NOW PASSED AN INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION AND WILL PROCEED TO A REFERENDUM OF ALL CUSOP ELECTORS ON THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER. SEE THE REFERENDUM PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.