The Local Plan 2021-2041 was due to go out on Regulation 18 consultation in June 2023. However, the consultation has been put on hold as the plan is currently being reviewed by the new administration. Further details will be communicated in due course.

Introduction to the Local Plan review

The government requires all councils to revisit their Local Plan every five years and we are in the process of updating the current Herefordshire Core Strategy, which was adopted in October 2015.

The Local Plan 2021- 2041 will set out the planning framework for the county for the period to 2041 and will cover issues such as housing provision, the economy, retail and town centres, infrastructure provision and the environment. It will also set out policies by which planning applications will be determined, in addition to allocation land for housing, employment and other uses.

View the progress of the Local Plan 2021-2041

Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment

These scoping reports have been prepared by LUC on behalf of Herefordshire Council as the first stage in carrying out the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) for the review and update of the Herefordshire Local Plan.

SA/HRA is an assessment process designed to consider and communicate the significant sustainability issues and effects of emerging plans and policies within them, including their alternatives. SA/HRA iteratively informs the plan-making process by helping to refine the contents of such documents, so that they maximise the benefits of sustainable development and avoid, or at least minimise, the potential for adverse effects.

The purpose of these scoping reports is to provide the context for, and determine the scope of, the SA/HRA for the review and update of the Local Plan, and to set out the framework for undertaking the later stages of the SA/HRA.

Open spaces consultation

We consulted on open spaces within the county. The consultation ran from 5 August until 9 September 2022.

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Call for sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Show People

In the new Local Plan, we need to include provision for new homes for Travellers and Travelling Show People. Our latest evidence tells us that we will need at least 35 pitches for Gypsies and Travellers, and 9 additional Travelling Show People plots. This is set in our latest Herefordshire Gypsy and Travellers Accommodation Assessment (GTAA). Therefore, we are keen to hear about any sites that could help meet this need. They can be new sites, extensions to existing sites or increases in the number of pitches/plots within existing sites.

If you have a site that you think might be suitable please complete the call for sites form and send it to us. Details of how to do this and what information we need are included on the form.

For any advice and help with this please contact a member of the planning policy team by telephone on 01432 383637 or by email at and we will respond to you as soon as possible.