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Neighbourhood Plan Draft Publication

For Consultation

Notification of formal public consultation on the Bishopstone Group Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (Regulation 14 Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012).

The Parish Council has been preparing a Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for the five parishes in the Bishopstone Group, based on residents’ views expressed through consultation and the policies of the Herefordshire Core Strategy.

The Draft Plan has now been published for formal consultation with local residents, statutory bodies and stakeholders. The consultation period runs from 17th October 2016 to 17th December 2016.

During this period the Draft Plan and background documents may be viewed and downloaded on this website  (PLEASE CLICK HERE) or be emailed to you on request to hubbard7jz@btinternet.com. Paper copies of all the documents can also be viewed on request (see contact details below). There will also be an Open Session at the New Bridge Community Centre on Thursday October 20th from 7.30pm to 9.30pm when copies of the Draft Plan and background documents will be on show and councillors will be available to answer any questions you may have.

We would welcome any comments you may wish to make about the Draft Plan during this consultation period. If you are commenting on a particular policy in the Plan it would be helpful if you could quote the reference numbers of the policy and clause to which you are referring. Please make your comments in writing to the parish council chairman either by email to john102@btinternet.com or by post to Bishopstone Group NDP c/o John Macklin, Jolin, Bishopstone, Hereford HR4 7HX.

Comments must be received by 5pm on Saturday December 17th.

Following this public consultation process the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan will be amended and submitted to Herefordshire Council together with supporting documents including a Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement explaining who has been consulted and how consultees’ comments have informed the final Plan.

If you require any further information please contact us at the addresses above.

Welcome to the Bishopstone and District Group Parish web site. We hope, within these pages, to provide useful and interesting information about our Parish. We welcome comments and suggestions so please feel free to make these via the contact us page.

About our Parish....

The Bishopstone Group of parishes is situated 8-9 miles to the west of the city of Hereford and covers a total area of 1843 hectares which is predominately rural and agricultural. The five hamlets that make up the group lie in an east-west line along the Wye Valley as shown on the map below. They are bisected by the A438 and bounded on the south by the River Wye. Bishon Common which lies in Bishopstone has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its flora and bird life.

The Group comprises 5 parishes: Bishopstone, Bridge Sollars, Byford, Kenchester and Mansell Gamage. The parishes vary considerably in size and population density; Bishopstone, the largest and most nucleated, has a population of 197, while Bridge Sollers, Mansell Gamage and Byford together total 203. There are no separate figures available for Kenchester, as Herefordshire Council’s Key Statistics put it together with Stretton Sugwas.

Analysis of the 2001 census returns shows that the makeup of the population of the parishes is typical of rural Herefordshire as a whole. There is an antiques centre and a car sales business situated on the A438 at Bridge Sollars, but lack of facilities in the Group means that residents have to travel to Hereford or to other towns and villages for most shops and services. There is a bus service to and from Hereford that serves some of the parishes but buses are few and far between and most travel is by private cars. The Group has no surgery, school, playgroup, post office and, until 2011, was without a community centre or public meeting place. With the aid of a lottery grant a new church conversion took place in St Andrews Church at Bridge Sollars providing a multi - use community centre, which opened its doors in July 2011.

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