Hereford Area Plan (HAP)

December 2020 update on the Hereford Area Plan

On 9 November 2020 the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport took the decision to agree to update the Herefordshire Local Plan Core Strategy, following a review of the adopted plan and as a result of the proposals set out in the government White Paper: Planning for the Future.

Therefore, it has been agreed that the work on the Hereford Area Plan, Rural Areas Site Allocations Development Plan Document and Bromyard Development Plan Document should be stopped with effect from 9 November. These documents have not yet reached advanced stages of preparation and to complete the documents would require significant resource over the next two years. Given the proposed changes to the planning system it is recommended that these plans be stopped to focus on the new Local Plan, acknowledging that any evidence base and other work undertaken to support these plans be utilised as part of that process.

Work on the update to the Local Plan Core Strategy is now underway and you can view further details on the Local Plan Core Strategy page.

About the Hereford Area Plan

The Herefordshire Local Plan Core Strategy, adopted in 2015, sets out an overall framework for the scale and location of new development across the county. The Hereford Area Plan (HAP) will set out detailed proposals to ensure the delivery of the targets for the city in the adopted Core Strategy. It will include policies and proposals for growth in the historic city of Hereford including specific proposals for housing, employment and urban regeneration. In doing so, the plan must also protect and enhance its attractive built and natural environment, providing for its current and future community needs.

Housing and employment site options

Identifying and delivering new housing and employment land is a key policy area that the HAP must deliver. The Core Strategy identifies four strategic sites for housing and employment land at Three Elms, Holmer West, Lower Bullingham and the city centre area. These sites will account for a significant proportion of the city’s housing growth target for the plan period. It is the task of the HAP to identify further deliverable site allocations to aid the delivery of the remainder of the target. 

Work has been carried out to prepare potential site options for the delivery of housing and employment growth in Hereford City and to help inform the preparation of the HAP. 

From Monday 20 August 2018 to midnight 8 October 2018 we consulted on the housing and employment site options for the Hereford Area Plan. View the site options consultation.

If you have any questions about the Hereford Area Plan you can call us 01432 260137 or email us at

View the Hereford Area Plan Reference Group meeting notes