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31 Jan 2022

Herefordshire Local Plan 2021-2041

Herefordshire Local Plan 2021-2041

Consultation on the Spatial Options will run from 17 January 2022 until 28 February 2022

Following a review of the Core Strategy 2011-2031 and the decision in November 2020 that an update is required, preparation of the Local Plan 2021-2041, which will replace the Core Strategy is underway.

The new document will help shape growth and development across the county up until 2041, ensuring that we deliver the required housing, alongside the jobs, infrastructure and services to support growth in a way that is appropriate for the rural and historic character of the County. 

The Government wants to significantly increase the supply of new housing across the country. Local plans are required to make provision for this housing need, unless there are exceptional circumstances that outweigh the benefits of providing the housing.

For Herefordshire, this means 850 dwellings per year over the next 20 years, which rounds up to 17,000 dwellings.  However, we can take into account over 5,000 existing planning permissions for housing, which will count towards achieving our target.

The Local Plan will seek to ensure that the housing requirement is fulfilled, and development is located and designed in a way which requires less energy use, whilst increasing the amount of energy generated from renewable sources, with a requirement for all new development to be net zero carbon by 2030.

The first consultation is about exploring how residential development can be distributed across the county. A number of options are being considered and we are seeking the community’s views on them, as well as the vision and objectives.

We will be asking for views from consultees and stakeholders regularly during the preparation of the Plan, in order to ensure that it meets the needs of Herefordshire’s residents and business owners. 

We recognise we cannot deliver this plan alone. We will need to continue to work with a range of public sector organisations, who have the ultimate responsibility to deliver the schools, travel connections, primary health care services and other infrastructure we want to see.

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