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On January 17th, Herefordshire Council launched phase 1 of a process that will create a "New Herefordshire Plan".

It is titled "Strategic Spatial Options Public Consultation" and is to assist Herefordshire Council in determining the type of housing developments/ locations for population growth that will be permitted/ encouraged in the County over the coming two decades (until 2041) and will replace the current "Core Strategy".


This consultation received little publicity. There were no notices on Public Notice Boards or paper copies of the consultation document. It can only be read on-line. The time given to consider the strategic options set out in the consultation documentation was just six weeks (the consultation period ended on 28.02.22). The outcome of this first phase will shape the remaining four stages:

  • Public Consultation: Spring 2022+

  • Draft Plan. Pre-submission Consultation: Spring 2023+

  • Submission to the Secretary of State: Mid 2023

  • Public Examination: Mid 2024+


Subsequent to the launch, on-line information meetings with County and Parish Councillors took place. These have been recorded (Link: Local Plan - YouTube) and explain the 74-page consultation document and how to navigate the on-line questionnaire.


To read the 74-page consultation document click here: Strategic Spatial Options Consultation Document 


To read the Hereford Civic Society response to the public consultation click  HERE

David Fowler 01.03.2022




Our Winter 2019/20 magazine features a bold proposal to establish an Urban Room and set up a Design Review Panel.


Full details are shown in PLACE Winter 2019/20 on pages 4 and 5 click HERE

The Declaration of 17th May, 2018

The Hereford Civic Society, here to champion what we love about Hereford as a place to live, work and visit, drawing upon the knowledge and experience of others, initiates this declaration for change in the way we plan and move about our City.


It is change which is badly needed for the sake of the future of Hereford as a vibrant, attractive and historically important place.   It is change needed in the interest of our sense of well-being and that of our successors. 


It is time we recognised the fact that the public realm should be laid out for individuals to encourage us to adopt healthy ways of moving around; recognition that our love affair with the private car degrades our environment, damages our health and separates us socially. Hereford is a small and attractive place so that journeys within the City should be short and pleasurable to make whether by foot, bus, train or bicycle.  Together we need to design a City that makes these the default options for everyone.


Hereford itself stands at a time of change having to develop a university, the ESG area and much more housing. Managing those changes will require a much more radical and imaginative approach. 


We urge Herefordians to join us in urging Herefordshire Council to make these changes:

  • Produce a City Masterplan – an overall vision that everyone works to

  • Change mind-sets so we become more open, embracing, adaptable and continental in our transport choices

  • Constantly challenge the 'car is king' approach to road design

  • Develop a best practice Design Guide, as recommended by Historic England, to ensure changes are fit-for-purpose and of high quality

  • Introduce a 'twenty is plenty' speed limit on all roads

  • Prepare travel plans covering the whole city, including schools

  • Fund improvements in a measured, equitable and incremental manner

  • Emphasise walking and cycling, e.g continuously level pavements across junctions

  • Promote park & choose schemes, joined up cycle lanes, integrated public transport, shared space schemes, de-signalised junctions and de-cluttered streets

  • Deliver the long promised 'Transport Hub' adjacent to the Railway Station together with improved access to the city centre

  • Critically review the design work of Balfour Beatty Living Places and their performance together with the Council’s supervision and control of the contract.


With particular thanks to leading highway planners Jessica Read and Brian Deegan who inspired  the Society's well-attended  'Upcycling Cycling' event at the University Centre

on 17th May 2018.

Historic England's  Urban Panel Report (March 2018) 

Local Government Association's Corporate Peer Challenge  Report (February 2018)


Further information from

John Bothamley on 01981 580002

Jeremy Milln at