After 5 years of diligent work helped by many members of the community the Dorstone Neighbourhood Development Plan (DNDP) was made (passed into law) in February 2017.
Within the plan document you will find specific planning policies that refer to Dorstone Parish. These policies, agreed by a large majority of the parish electorate, form an intrinsic legal part of planning law and must be considered by county planning officials when making any planning determinations relating to Dorstone Parish.
Below are the NDP Policies in summary. The full text of the plan can be viewed in PDF format at the bottom of this page (4MB may take a few moments to load):
The development of at least 21 new dwellings within the Dorstone settlement boundary, defined on the village policies map, will be supported over the Plan period so long as proposals:
To be supported housing proposals must:
1. Respect and where possible enhance the natural, built and historic environment of the parish and Dorstone’s Conservation Area and take every opportunity through design and materials to reinforce local distinctiveness and a strong sense of place incorporating local features as set out below:
2. Take every opportunity where practicable and viable, to include features which improve environmental performance and reduce carbon emissions. These will include energy efficient measures as well as renewable energy generation as set out in Appendix C (see plan document below).
3. Include appropriate sustainable urban drainage systems and flood storage measures to ensure that any new development does not result in an increase in surface water run-off and reduces existing run-off where possible.
4. Be of a scale and form which complements the character of the area and will not result in a loss of amenity for existing residents.
5. Include a maximum of 3 bedrooms, unless the latest assessment of housing needs of in the parish demonstrates such homes are no longer required. Otherwise proposals for new homes with more than 3 bedrooms will only exceptionally be supported to meet particular housing needs of local residents, for example, to enable their caring for dependent or elderly relatives, or to cater for a large family..
Affordable housing, justified through an up to date housing needs survey, will be supported on sites outside but adjacent to the defined settlement boundary of Dorstone to meet the identified housing needs of local people within the parish and the requirements of Policy H2 of the Herefordshire Core Strategy.
The creation of small scale new business space and live work units will be supported through:
All proposals will need to ensure that:
All proposals must comply with Policies RA5, RA 6 and Policy E1 and E3 of the Herefordshire Core Strategy.
Sustainable rural tourism proposals will be supported where they:
To be supported development proposals must:
Development proposals will be supported where they;
Open spaces are at the ‘heart’ of the village, and the study has identified the following as the important spaces in the village:
OS1 Open space between the B4348 and Pont-y-Weston Brook (with St Faith’s Church to the East and Llandine to the West)
OS2 Open space surrounding the Motte and Bailey Castle
OS3 The Village Green (centre of the village)
OS4 Open space between Chapel Lane and the old road to Peterchurch
OS5 Open space around St Faith’s Church
There are numerous view in and around Dorstone, and the study has identified the following as the main views:
V1 View North West from Court Farm
V2 View South from Pitt Road
V3 View South West from Mill Lane
V4 View North East from Motte and Bailey Castle
V5 View North East from Village Green
V6 View North West from Village Green
V7 View North from Brooklands Bridge
V8 View West from Bell Farm
V9 View North West from B4348 Junction • V10 View North East from B4348 Junction • V11 View North from Playing Field
V12 View South East from Bridge Cottage
V13 View North West from Chapel Lane Junction
In addition there are also directed views along the narrow roads, bordered by tall hedgerows
The village sits within the ‘Golden Valley’ undulating landscape, with surrounding hills and woodlands