Hallow Parish Council

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Welcome to the Hallow Parish Council Website

Rural Community


The Parish of Hallow is situated around three miles north of the centre of Worcester.

Hallow has approximately 1200 electors and the Parish Council has eleven seats. Currently there are four vacancies. The Parish Council meets generally on the second Monday of each month – often at Hallow School and occasionally at the Parish Hall.


Thank you to all those residents who provided information to us about the state of Hallow roads, speeding and public rights of way paths around the parish.  We discussed these matters in early January with our County Cllr Mr Scott Richardson-Brown who undertook to:


Pursue public rights of way path clearance with the WCC team.


Provide some financial assistance to the parish council to implement some speeding mitigation measures.


Arrange for WCC to collect data on speeding through the village in order to provide a factual, evidence led approach to speed mitigation and possible enforcement in the future.


Arrange for pavement and road inspections, and where possible repairs based on the reports given to the PC by residents.



We know that this is a significant concern for residents and has been an issue in Hallow for a good many years.  There are sadly limits on what can be done, both legally, and in terms of costs that the PC can bear, and what Worcester County Council can do.  In brief, the approach is evidence led and risk-led, and speeding mitigations have to be justified against the volume of accidents and the injuries and fatalities that arise from them.  Whilst we all perceive speeding as a problem, and with the exception of the recent accident on the Green, we are thankfully free of major accidents and harm to residents or drivers.  We are exploring updating the VAS mobile speed system to an enhanced model, these can signal speeds to drivers, smiley faces etc, and you will have seen them in use round about the county.  They are known to have a reasonable degree of impact.  Suggestions have been made about “White Gates” at the entrances of the village, but we are advised that they have limited and at times no impact on speed reduction.  We have to be guided about what is likely to have the most impact for the cost. 

Our clerk will pursue with Mr Richardson-Brown the feedback/complaints received thus far.  Just be aware that time lines can be longer than we might like, and there is a back log.  If you wish to report a pothole or road issues, or a pavement issue you can do so online at:


A number of issues relating to overgrowth, hedge encroachment and stiles were reported, and these will be processed by the relevant WCC team.  Again, patience will be required as there is a back log.  Where we can action work via the Parish Council we will do so.

Thank you for informing us of these issues.
Hazel Kemshall, HPC Chair.  



This is the Neighbourhood Development Plan site.  The Parish Council has made the following detailed response to the application.  


The Hallow Neighbourhood Development Plan passed the Referendum by a 96% yes vote, with a 35% turnout.  The plan was “made” by Malvern Hills District Council on July 20th, 2021.
The “made” version can be found here.

The Design Code for Hallow can be found here.

Other supporting documents can be found under the Reg 14 part of this website.


A Referendum relating to the Hallow Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 
24th June 2021. 
The question that will be asked in the Referendum is 


“Do you want Malvern Hills
District Council to use the Hallow Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide 
planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The Referendum area is identified on the map which is included at the end of this 
Information Statement. The Referendum area is the same as the area which has 
been designated as the Hallow Neighbourhood Area which covers the entire parish
of Hallow. 

A person is entitled to vote in the Referendum if:


  • The voter is entitled to vote in an election of any Councillor of Malvern Hills District Council any of whose area is in the Referendum area; and

  • The voter’s qualifying address for the election is in the Referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be so registered. 

The Referendum expenses limit that will apply in relation to the Referendum is 
£2429.09. The number of persons entitled to vote in the Referendum by reference to 
which that limit has been calculated is 1,137.

The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar
to those used at local government elections.


A copy of the specified documents, that is those documents listed below, may be 
inspected on the District Council’s website at

A copy of the documents will also be available for inspection by appointment with 
Customer Services at

The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, WR14 3AF. 
Please call 01684 862413 to make an appointment.

The specified documents are:

  • The draft Hallow Neighbourhood Plan, as modified;


  • The report of the independent examiner into the draft Hallow Neighbourhood Plan;


  • Copies of the written representations submitted to the independent examiner;


  • A Decision Statement of Malvern Hills District Council’s satisfaction that the draft Hallow Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions specific by statue and complies with the provision made by or under Section 38A and 38B of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004; 


  • A statement that sets out general information as to Town and Country Planning including Neighbourhood Planning and the Referendum;


  • Map of the Hallow Neighbourhood Plan Area.

Andy Baldwin 
Counting Officer
Malvern Hills District Council
Council House
Avenue Road
WR14 3AF

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Hallow NDP will begin Regulation 16 consultation on January 15th up until February 26th 2021.


You can find further information, including the submitted Hallow Neighbourhood Plan, supporting documentation and Response Forms, are available on the Malvern Hills District Council website at https://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/hallow-neighbourhood-plan
Please return response forms to Malvern Hills District Council.



The Neighbourhood Development Plan for Hallow has passed Independent Examination.

The Examiner confirmed the following:


  • The site allocated within the NDP is confirmed and will in effect form an extension to the current build opposite the Ladygo shop.

  • All views and local green spaces were agreed.

  • The Conservation Area policies were agreed.

  • Policies on protection of heritage assets were agreed.

  • A large amount of Green Infrastructure around Hallow was agreed.

  • The Examiner supported the housing numbers for Hallow as 40.

  • The Design Code for Hallow was accepted.


The Examiner’s report can be found here 

The Examiner has made some recommendations for change, and a Referendum version is now being prepared. It is expected that Hallow will vote on the plan this summer (date to be confirmed).  All eligible voters in the Parish will receive a ballot notification in due course. Once adopted the Hallow NDP has planning weight.
For more information and access to the comments made and the Parish Council’s replies please go to: Hallow Neighbourhood Plan - Malvern Hills District Council where you can find the plan, supporting documents and evidence, and the comments made by consultees and the responses of Hallow Parish council.
Hallow Parish Council extends thanks to all those persons and organisations who have helped to progress this important plan for Hallow.

The Housing White Paper and Changes to the Planning System: 
What does this mean for Hallow?

What does it all mean?

The Government’s current proposals to change the planning system have implications for Hallow and the whole of Worcestershire.  In brief, the changes mean potentially new targets for new build in excess of 51,000 homes, and of course a number of those would likely come to villages like Hallow.  There is also potential for housing to occur in neighbouring villages like Grimley and Holt, particularly given proximity to Worcester and an ‘A’road.

Other changes include permission in principle for certain sizes of development in agreed areas.  The only opportunity for local residents or parish councils to comment on proposals would be very early and generally at the district plan stage, and there would be no comments on the final developer’s proposals.  This erodes local democracy, and we are locally aware of residents and parish council making inputs to development applications that have improved layout, design and landscaping.

The White Paper clearly aims to increase house building.  There are some good points such as a focus on speeding up the whole process- residents will know the long agony of waiting for decisions; and easier access to maps and plans for those of us who have access to, and can use, the technology.

Hallow Parish Council has taken the following actions

  1. Spoken with our local MP Harriet Baldwin who has already written to the Housing Minister opposing the White Paper.

  2. We have responded fully to the proposed changes in targets, highlighting the potential impact on Hallow.

  3. Provided a comprehensive reply to the White Paper, focusing on affordable housing, design, numbers, local input to plans, and opposing “permission in principle”.

  4. Written opposing the measures to R. Jenrick, MP, Minister for Housing.


For our comments to both consultations please see:

COMMENT ON Changes to the Current Planning System 

COMMENT ON The Housing White Paper Planning for our Future 

Our letter to the Rt Hon R. Jenrick, Secretary of State  see link below or obtain by contacting the Clerk, Anne Stark on 07973 395 961

Email: hallowparishcouncil@gmail.com

The letter from Harriet Baldwin MP can be found at: Here

We encourage residents to write to:

The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State Ministry for Communities, Housing and Local Government, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF OR: robert.jenrick.mp@parliament.uk 

The Housing White Paper “Planning for the Future” can be found at: Here

“Changes to the Planning System” can be found at: Here

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Village Life

Hallow has a lively social and sporting scene with Hallow Village Community Group staging events and social activities for all age groups during most of the year. Many such activities take place on Hallow Playing Field and the Village Green – both of which are owned and maintained by the Parish Council. The Parish Council also maintains the Old Church Yard and the area beyond the Playing Field known as Holly Bank where equipment is provided for children and young people too large to use the play facilities next to the Parish Hall.

Local events, groups and activities can be found on the Hallow Community Group website, please take a look at all Hallow has to offer.

Meetings Calendar

If you would like to become a Parish Councillor, please contact the Clerk or the Chairman.

Subscribe to our email list to receive regular updates from the Parish Council


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Hallow History

The earliest records of the village’s existence date to 816 A.D. during the reign of Coenwulf of Mercia when Hallow belonged to Worcester Cathedral. By the middle of the 11th century the ownership had changed to Worcester Priory and it is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 that Hallow had two mills. In the 1970s flint

axe heads were found in the village which indicates human presence from the Paleolithic period.

The village is the birthplace of Lord Nuffield (Founder of the Austin Morris car manufacturer) and the diplomat and historian Stewart Perowne. During the 1680s Hallow was the home of William Careless who helped Charles II by hiding him in the oak tree.

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Hallow has an active History Group, a thriving Scouts Group and W.I., a well-supported church community and many footpaths with which to take in the splendour of the views of the surrounding countryside with the Malvern Hills visible to the South West and Woodbury Hill to the North West.

Interested in learning more about Hallow's history? Take a look at the Hallow History Group website.


Conservation Area

The village is bounded on its East side by the River Severn and its profile is that of a ridge along which the A442 runs and which roughly follows the river towards Holt Heath.


The village boast a Conservation Area status for the area around The Green and has several notable Listed buildings, among which is Hallow School – founded in 1712 A.D.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

Visit the Hallow Neighbourhood Development Plan website here,

 or please contact Hazel Kemshall via email kemshallhpc@gmail.com.

Have Your Say!

Developer Funding



Hallow Parish Council wants to hear ideas from residents with proposals for suitable projects. This will enable the funds secured from housing development projects in the village, which are held by Malvern Hills DC, or Hallow Parish Council, to be utilised for the benefit of the village of Hallow. 

Download PDF with information here.