Local people are being encouraged to take part in two key activities that will shape the future of development and transport in Herefordshire over the next twenty years. The Local Plan consultation and the Local Transport Plan engagement both commence on 25 March 2024.

A draft Local Plan document has been prepared and it sets out how the county could grow in the longer term.  The Local Plan is important as it relates to new development of housing, businesses and industry as well as identifying the necessary infrastructure to support growth such as community facilities like schools, medical facilities, and community halls as well as transport links. Additionally, it sets out what land should be kept available for recreation, farming and wildlife.  The Local Plan 2021- 2041 will outline the planning framework for the county for the period to 2041 while at the same time achieving the Council’s social, economic and environmental objectives.

The Local Transport Plan describes the travel infrastructure needed to support the Local Plan, including footways, cycle lanes, roads and bus services. It sets out what, where and how we intend to invest in transport in Herefordshire. The Plan will cover the period from 2024 to 2041. At this early stage, the council would like to understand people’s priorities for improving transport services in the county. The feedback provided will help to shape the detail of the plan, before a wider public consultation on the proposals is undertaken later in the year.

Cllr Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “These two draft Plans are incredibly important and will shape how the county looks and performs for the next two decades, so it is vital that we gather as much feedback as possible to help shape our future. The Local Plan is the heart of everything we want to deliver, covering development of new housing and accompanying infrastructure, strengthening the economy, improving local retail and town centres, and helping us in our commitment to protecting our beautiful natural environment.

“No meaningful development is possible without investment in the supporting infrastructure, most notable our transport networks. The draft Local Transport Plan will inform exactly what form this investment will take, governing our roads, footways, cycle lanes and bus services.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved and have their say.”

Materials to respond to the Local Plan consultation and Local Transport Plan engagement are now live and will run until 20 May 2024:

 

Local Transport Plan

 

Local Plan

 

There will also be in-person events/roadshows across the county to give people the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the Plans.

Date

Location

Times

Tuesday 26 March

Ledbury Market

9:30am – 12:00pm

Wednesday 27 March

Hereford City Centre

9:30am – 12:00pm

Wednesday 27 March

Bartestree Village Hall

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Thursday 28 March

Ross on Wye Market

9:30am – 12:00pm

Thursday 28 March

Weston under Penyard Village Hall

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Thursday 4 April

Bromyard Library

9:30am – 12:00pm

Thursday 4 April

Bishops Frome Village Hall

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Friday 5 April

Leominster Market

9:30am – 12:00pm

Friday 5 April

Wigmore Village Hall

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday 10 April

Ewyas Harold Village Hall

10:30am – 4:00pm

Friday 12 April

Kington Market

9:30am-12:00pm

Friday 12 April

Weobley Village Hall

1:30pm - 4:00pm

Thursday 18 April

Colwall Village Hall

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 20 April

Hereford City Centre

10:30am – 2:00pm

Published: 25th March 2024