The Neighbourhood  Development Plan for Yarpole Group Parish

Background:  The 2011 Localism Act reformed the planning system offering communities an opportunity to take a leading role in how their local environment would develop. Yarpole Group Parish Council asked Herefordshire Council to designate the parish as a Neighbourhood Plan Area, and this was agreed in February 2013. A steering Group was formed from interested local residents. many of whom had been involved in the Parish Plan. The Steering group members were Brian Barnett, Tom Rogers, Audrey Bott, Robert Chitham, Kate Darby, Jo King, Liz Connolly  , Barrie Morgan, Peter Furneaux, Mark Richards, David Connor, and  Andrew Thompson.

The Yarpole Neighbourhood 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 Yarpole Group parish. The regulation 14 consultation on the draft plan took place in summer 2016 and responses from organisations and individuals were received and considered. The plan was then revised and a consultation statement drawn up, which details all the stages the plan has gone through within the Parish to ensure full and wide consultation with residents. The Parish Council agreed the draft plan at a meeting in December 2016 and it was then forwarded to Herefordshire Council. The plan then went through its regulation 16 consultation which closed on the 25th May 2017.

Current Status

The NDP has successfully completed its regulation 16 consultation and Herefordshire council has agreed that it is ready to proceed to independent examination. This means that the NDP starts to hold weight in planning decisions.  Further updates will be posted once an examiner has been appointed. All the relevant documents are published on the Herefordshire Council website and you can also access the key documents below. The decision notice issues by Herefordshire Council, confirming that the plan is ready to progress to independent examination can be accessed here.

If you have any queries about the NDP, please contact the Parish Clerk, Emma Lewis,


Regulation 16 Information

Regulation 16 NDP

Consultation Statement

Consultation Statement Appendices 

Bircher Policies Map 

Lucton Policies Map

Yarpole Policies Map

Parish Policies Map


 Regulation 14 information

Regulation 14 Consultation Document

Please see links below to view supporting documents

Herefordshire Council's Habitats Regulations Assessment

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Yarpole Group Parish

Site Deliverability




Evidence Base for Neighbourhood Plan

Documents added May 2016

Herefordshire Council's Strategic Environmental Assessment of Yarpole Group Parish

Herefordshire Council's Habitats Regulations Assessment


Documents added April 2016:

Comments on the Neighbourhood Plan

Parish Birth Data

Council tax bands; city and market towns

Council tax band analysis, Yarpole Group Parish

Explanation of Section 106 document below

Section 106 document


March 2016:

Progress report 5, February/March 2016

Click here to view the Proposed settlement boundaries for Yarpole and Bircher,and click here to see the Proposed settlement boundary for  Lucton.

Click here for the Key to the settlement boundary maps.


A public meeting was held to discuss our Neighbourhood Plan on the 1st November at 3pm in St Leonard's Church.  Below are links to the documents presented at that meeting.

Map of the group parish

Detailed maps:

Map of Bircher

Map of Cockgate

Map of Lucton

Map of Yarpole

Map key

Key to developments submitted for consideration

Dwellings allocated to identified sites

Settlement patterns

Criteria for development