Hallow Parish Council

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.

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


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.


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.

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Meetings Calendar

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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