The examination process

The council is preparing a Travellers' Sites Development Plan Document (DPD) as part of its Local Plan. This will focus on the accommodation needs of the Traveller community (Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Show People) up to 2031.

The Travellers' Sites Development Plan Document was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government on 27 February 2018 for examination. The Secretary of State appointed Mr David Smith BA(Hons) DMS MRTPI of the Planning Inspectorate to conduct the examination and to report to the council. Mr Smith will review the DPD, the evidence base and consider all the representations received from the pre-submission consultation.

The examination hearing for the Herefordshire Travellers' Sites Development Plan Document took place on Tuesday 22 May 2018.  Following the conclusion of the hearing, the inspector issued closing comments and post hearing advice.

Update October 2018 - additional sites consultation

In response to the post hearing advice from the Inspector, the Council has identified two additional sites that could help meet the shortfall of pitches up to 2022/23. (See the August update below for more details about this).

The sites are located at:

  • Oakfield, Nash End Lane, near Bosbury (for up to 4 pitches)
  • Land at Stoney Street, near Madley (for up to 10 pitches)

These two sites have been the subject of a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). 

Please visit the Travellers' Sites additional sites consultation to view the consultation document and complete the online questionnaire.

Update August 2018

In the post hearing advice the Inspector asked the Council to review the sections of the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment in relation to turnover of pitches on the local authority sites. This review has resulted in a further five pitches being required in the county before 2022/23 and further 11 pitches between 2023 and 2031. This is in addition to the nine pitches already identified in the Travellers Sites DPD. 

He also asked the Council to prepare a report outlining the possible approaches to identifying the additional pitches. The Inspector has agreed the approach suggested by the Council to finding additional pitches. This report together with the revised tables from the Gypsy and Accommodation Assessments can be viewed from the following links:

The council is now in the process of carrying out further technical work to identify the five additional pitches required for the period up to 2022/23.  Public consultation will be carried out on these pitches when this work has been completed.

The examination process will continue until the Inspector issues his report, and if this concludes that the plan is sound, it will be adopted by the council.

Contact the Programme Officer

To ensure his impartiality the Inspector will not communicate directly with any party, including the council, outside the formal examination process. All contact with the Inspector should be made via the Programme Officer.

Tracy Pearson has been appointed as Programme Officer to the examination and will provide administrative support to the Inspector. She is the main point of contact for any queries about the examination and hearing. She will update this webpage with information on all examination matters as they become available.

You can contact the Programme Officer via Herefordshire Council by email or call on 07792 880908.