In 2011 Little Dewchurch was identified by the Government as one of the many rural parishes "suitable for development" in order to meet the new housing needs throughout the UK. As such the Parish Council was told that areas suitable for housing development within the parish must be identified in order to meet the required development criteria (an additional 18% of the existing 2011 parish housing, which equates to 26 houses) and a Plan should be drawn up to demonstrate the democratic opinion of parishioners which should show not only how the requisite new houses should be designed and where they should be built, but also to identify an specific areas parishioners felt should be preserved and not developed.
In 2011 a small development of 10 houses (The Furrows) was built near The Plough Inn and these formed part of the requisite 18%, thus reducing the development need in the parish to 16 houses.
In order to carry out detailed studies, consultations with parishioners, analysis of opinions, site considerations & surveys, etc a Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group was formed under the auspices of the Parish Council and a professional Planning consultant was appointed to advise the Group and develop the Plan.
The existing residential boundary of the village centre is already full to capacity with no room for infill, therefore, following the issue of a questionnaire in 2014 to every parishioner over the age of 16, the professionally and independently analysed responses showed several potential sites for development bordering the residential boundary and these sites are currently under consideration by the NDP Group and its planning consultant.
There is a guide to affordable housing for parish councils available from Herefordshire Council
The map below shows the development boundary within Little Dewchurch
(Three new affordable houses have now been built as part of the 10 house development at The Plough Inn (The Furrows) rented out via Homepoint but with priority to those with a strong local connection).
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