Eaton Bishop Parish Council

Key Responsibilties


 6. Key Parish Council Responsibilities/Initiatives

- Copy of NDP
- Statement regarding Commons ( and subsequently Management Plan)
- Details of Smartwater Scheme



Neighbourhood Planning  

Established under the Localism Act 2011 and gives communities opportunity and responsibility to:

  • Shape the places in which they live
  • Decide the location for new homes/business
  • Get more involved with creating policies

Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)

The NDP is the enabling document for Neighbourhood Planning and once completed and adopted by the Local Authority into the Local Plan Core Strategy (adopted on 16th October 2015) becomes part of planning law.

NDPs are produced by Parish Councils and when Eaton Bishop Parish Council made the decision to produce a NDP, a Steering Group of 3 Parish Councillors and 6 Eaton Bishop parishioners (chaired by Leon Wolverson) was established. The Steering Group were given the responsibility of preparing the Plan on behalf of EBPC and the parishioners of the Parish.

The following statement underpins and guides the preparation of the Eaton Bishop Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan:

  "To protect and enhance the rural character of the Parish through incremental development in an appropriate and sustainable way in order to maintain and where possible, enhance the quality of life for all of the community."

The Plan once 'made' (adopted as part of the Local Plan Core Strategy) is in place until 2031 and the quantity of new housing in the Parish is set down in the Core Strategy as prescribed by National Planning Policy

Planning law is a very complex subject and therefore planning consultants were employed by the Parish Council to advise, and help prepare the Plan. It was decided to employ the services of Kirkwells as our consultants. Kirkwells were already working with other parishes in Herefordshire in preparing their NDPs and as they were based in Burnley, were not involved in any planning consultancy work locally

Brief time line of NDP

Jul 2014 Application to designate a Neighbourhood Area (the whole of Eaton Bishop Parish)

Sep 2014 Application approved by Herefordshire Council

Jan 2015 Presentation by Louise Kirkup of Kirkwells to the Parish Council. Decision to appoint them as consultants

Mar 2015 Initial Public Meeting

Apr 2015 Due to changes required to the Draft Core Strategy and General/Local election NDP on hold

Jun 2015 Parish Council agree to appoint Kirkwells as consultants

Jul 2015 Resume NDP and apply for grant of £4,960.00 to cover costs of preparation of Plan

Nov 2015 Call for sites - declaration of interest

Dec 2015 Completed site submissions 

Jan 2016 Independent 'Call for Sites Assessment' by Louise Kirkup and Kirkwells team (21 sites)

Feb 2016 Steering Group Meeting - Louise Kirkup puts forward 8 sites suitable for inclusion in draft Plan and agreed by


Feb 2016 Extraordinary Meeting of PC - the 8 sites previously agreed by SG and settlement boundaries for both Eaton 

                        Bishop and Ruckhall 

Mar 2016           2nd application for grant of £4,040.00. Total grant £9,000.00 

Apr/May 2016    Informal Consultation

Jun 2016           Draft NDP amended to reflect comments made during Informal Consultation

Jul 2016            Draft NDP published for Reg.14 consultation 

Oct 2016           NDP approved by Parish Council and published for Reg.16 consultation

Dec 2016          NDP policy team commented that the plan is in general conformity with Core Strategy

Feb 2017          External Examiner appointed

April 2017         Examiner's Report published

May 2017          Final version of NDP published

July 2017          Referendum and result

July/Aug 2017   Cabinet Member approval

21st August 2017   NDP 'made' and becomes part of the Herefordshire Local Plan Core Strategy





A very strong 'Yes' vote for the NDP following Referendum on 13th July 2017.

Declaration of Result of Poll is shown below.

NDP Referendum Result.PDF

Many thanks to all involved Leon and his Steering Group, Parish Councillors, Parish Clerk and most of all the Parishioners of Eaton Bishop for supporting us and giving us this powerful mandate.

The NDP was 'made'/adopted on 21st August 2017 and became part of the Herefordshire Local Plan Core Strategy which means that the Planning Department has to refer to our Plan when considering future planning applications in the Parish.


Eaton Bishop Referendum NDP final 220517.pdf     

Examiner's Report 2017-03-28 Eaton Bishop NP Examiners Report final.pdf

Consultation Statement Sept 2016.pdf

Draft Basic Conditions Statement.pdf

Representation Form  Comment Form word (1).docx

 Consultation letter EB NDP Consultation letter (1).pdf

SEA and HRA EatonBishop_Env_Report_Oct16.pdf



Eaton Camp - Excavation Report 2012 and 2013


Eaton Camp excavation report.pdf

Eaton Camp - Conservation Management Plan

Eaton Camp CMP (9).pdf

Site Assessment Report

 Eaton Bishop Call for Sites Assessment Report - February 2016 - Version 5.pdf

 Planning Policy and Evidence Base Review

 Eaton Bishop Planning policy assessment v2 feb 2016 (2).pdf

SG Meeting minutes

 001 Minutes Nov 2014.pdf                   017 Minutes May 2016-1.pdf

 002 Minutes Jan 2015-1.pdf                 018 Minutes May 2016-2.pdf

003 Minutes Jan 2015-2.pdf                 October 2016 - NDP agreed by Steering Group and formally approved by Parish Council

004 Minutes Feb 2015-1.pdf

 005 Minutes Feb 2015-2.pdf

 006 Minutes Mar 2015-1.pdf

007 Minutes Mar 2015-2.pdf

008 Minutes Mar 2015-3.pdf

009 Minutes Jun 2015.pdf

010 Minutes Jul 2015.pdf

 011 Minutes Aug 2015.pdf  

012 Minutes Sep 2015.pdf  

013 Minutes Nov 2015.pdf  

014 Minutes Dec 2015.pdf  

015 Minutes Feb 2016.pdf 

016 Minutes Apr 2016.pdf


The Parish Council have a lease with the Church Commissioners to maintain Honeymoor Common, Ruckhall Common and Littlemarsh Common. The previous lease expired in 2007 and although the Parish Council pressed for a renewal no agreement was reached. The agents for the Church Commissioners then put the Eaton Bishop Commons up for sale and with little interest shown, the Commons were withdrawn from the market. At this stage the Parish Council again approached the agents and in July 2012 a 21 year lease was agreed with the Church Commissioners to maintain the Commons as they were from the date of the lease.

The Commons are an important part of the Parish and enjoyed by many people with the Commoners always maintaining their rights of grazing etc. The Parish Council are therefore proactive in the 'topping' of large areas of Honeymoor on an annual basis and regular grass cutting of areas of Ruckhall Common.

Littlemarsh Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) designated as a mosaic of wet marshy grassland, scrub and woodland that has become overgrown with scrub over many years. The Parish Council has started on a restoration programme to improve the Common for local people and wildlife

The Parish Council applied to Natural England for guidance and financial help to to support the necessary work at Littlemarsh Common. This has resulted in a 10 year Entry and Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Agreement with Natural England until 2024.

The funding secured is divided between maintenance and capital works with maintenance payments covering a period of 10 years and capital works and payments to be completed by August 2017. The total funding amounts to approximately £8,500.00. All work is carried out with the full agreement of the Littlemarsh Commoners and the Church Commissioners.

Anyone wanting to join the volunteer group for work parties please contact Caroline Hanks 01981 250239 or  

Brief time line Littlemarsh Common

Apr 2014 Initial contact with Natural England to discuss SSSI unfavourable status

Jul 2014 Environmental Stewardship ELS/HLS agreed between EBPC and Natural England

Sep 2014 Start date of Agreement

During the last 5 years Commoners, local volunteers, contractors and a small flock of sheep have coppiced scrub, pollarded and felled some trees, brushcut and mown, desilted the small pond, made and put up bird boxes and pruned fruit trees. The coppice layer is regenerating and grass and wildflowers are already returning to the open areas of the Common and the site looks very different. Work will continue at a more gentle rate now and we are confident Littlemarsh Common is on track to favourable status as an important wildlife site in the Parish.


In Spring 2017 more than 40 common spotted orchids flowered along with ragged robin, adder's tongue fern, bird's foot trefoil, and abundant meadowsweet. Many of these plants have been supressed by the scrub for many years and we hope to see other plants and wildlife re-establishing at Littlemarsh in coming years.





Eaton Bishop Parish Council were one of the first Councils to be involved with the Lengthsman Scheme and initially shared a Lengthsman with Madley Parish Council. The work was minor and covered by a small grant from Herefordshire Council which reduced over a number of years.

In March 2015 Herefordshire Council with their contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places launched the New Lengthsman Scheme which was popular with many parishes. Eaton Bishop Parish Council were part of that Scheme and were paid an annual grant for work on the classified and unclassified roads in the parish. The Parish Council also contributed funds which were matched by Herefordshire Council through BBLP. This annual grant allowed an increase in the amount of work under the control of the Parish Council. There was also a small amount of funding under the P3 Scheme to help fund limited works on Public Rights of Way in the Parish.

Unfortunately these grants did not last long and the money for the Lengthsman Sheme was reduced and then stopped and from 1st April 2019 even funding for the footpaths also ended.

The Parish Council has continued to support a Lengthsman as it was felt that the minor works carried out were of benefit to the Parish and any major work required could be reported back to BBLP through their Locality Steward. The Lengthsman is also available for work on the footpaths but only if funds are available. The overall responsibility for highway issues lie with Herefordshire Council and their contractors Balfour Beatty Living Places. This also applies to PROW and includes the landowners whose land public rights of way cross.

Paul Wright and Matthew Cobb were appointed as Lengthsmen for the Parish in January 2017 and the type of work covered by them includes the following:

Ditching including cutting grips (this will be limited as the responsibility for roadside ditches lies with the land owner)

Limited jetting of below ground storm drains and gully clearance 

Cutting back of visibility splays

Cutting of roadside verges/hedges to maintain visibility

Cleaning of roadside signage 

Limited work on footpaths

Potholing is not included and remains the responsibility of Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP)