The examination process

The council has prepared 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.

View the notice of independent examination

The examination hearing for the Herefordshire Travellers' Sites Development Plan Document will took place on Tuesday 22 May 2018 at Three Counties Hotel, Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7BP. The Inspector produced a hearing agenda and matters for discussion. Following the conclusion of the examination, the inspector issued his closing comments.

The Inspector also issued a guidance note and issues and questions for the council which can be viewed below under the View correspondence to and from the Inspector tab. 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.

View correspondence to and from the Inspector including response to the Inspector's questions

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.

Contact 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 Programme.Officer@herefordshire.gov.uk or call on 07792 880908.

Documents submitted with the submission

The following key documents have been submitted to the planning inspectorate:

View a full list of all the documents submitted to support the examination of the Travellers' Sites DPD

View the individual responses

View documents submitted to the Inspector post-submission