Bewdley’s Neighbourhood Plan

...a cautionary tale

Nick Farress, Bewdley’s Town Clerk writes:

"Bewdley Town Council has been leading on the production of the town’s Neighbourhood Plan since 2015.


The new Neighbourhood Planning Act of 2017 makes several detailed changes about the process for neighbourhood plans it also includes a specific point that relates to pubs.  Many communities - especially in rural areas have pressures on losing their pubs which may be the last facility in the village. 

Stratford District Council

Please find below the October issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

If you wish to comment or contribute to future editions, please contact

My Community Grants & Support Logo

Time is Running Out to Apply for Neighbourhood Planning Grants

You can receive grants and support to help you complete your neighbourhood plan. There are two types of support available in the 2015-2018 programme:

#OurDay 2017

Join the 'tweetathon' - 21 November 2017

We are really keen for local concils to get in volved in this year's tweetathon that gives everyone who works or volunteers in local public services the chance to share their stories of how they improve the quality of life of residents.

DCLG finance plans

This month (September 2017), the department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has published its plans for local government finance. The plans come from a technical consultation paper on the 2018/19 Local Government Finance Settlement.

This consultation paper describes the Government’s proposals intended approach for the third year of the multi-year settlement.

Neighbourhood Planning Funding

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme 2015-2018

Grants and technical support are available for town and parish councils, neighbourhood forums and prospective neighbourhood forums to draw up a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order in England.


NALC’s flagship magazine, LCR, has been published on 15 September 2017.

LCR is NALC’s high-quality, glossy quarterly publication with in-depth articles and features offering you advice and good practice, along with regular spotlights on parish and town councils and top tips information to help assist you with the real issues affecting local councils and communities. 

Congratulations to the following Clerks who have recently passed their CiLCA qualification.

May 2017
David Leigh-Hunt, Radford Semele Parish Council

November 2016
Karen Stevens, Chelmsley Wood Parish Council

October 2016
Sarah Furniss, Ettington Parish Council, Stratford upon Avon District


NALC have agreed a new partnership with insurance brokers BHIB to provide tailor made support and protection for local councils and communities. BHIB is the preferred partner of Aviva, the long-standing insurance provider in the local council sector, and chosen to replace Aon. Aviva has confirmed their ongoing support and involvement with NALC and has endorsed and confirmed their confidence in BHIB. In the current climate and with local councils providing an ever growing range of services it is more important than ever to have sector experts we can rely on who can support our endeavours and arrange the right protection for our councils.