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Opportunities for residential development sites in Herefordshire
Published October 15th, 2019
Herefordshire landowners with land within, adjacent or near to settlement/village boundaries should consider applying for residential planning consent as the situation regarding housing shortfall has changed in the county.
Councils in England are required by national Government to be able to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing and Herefordshire is currently well below that target at 4.05 years. This has fallen from last year’s figure of 4.55 years because the way the figure is calculated has been changed.
Sites with permissions and allocations have been discounted where there is inactivity or lack of information on them coming forwards through the planning process or being developed. This has reduced the five-year supply figure in Herefordshire from a 4.55-year supply in 2018 to 4.05 years in 2019.
“Due to this housing shortfall, Neighbourhood Development Plans which are over two years old are now being considered out-of-date and as such this provides opportunities for landowners,” said senior planning consultant Graham Clark.
“The principles of sustainable development will still have to be met, however there is now more scope and opportunity to develop outside of settlement boundaries.
“In addition to the housing shortfall, the Hereford Bypass has been put on hold putting at risk the 1,000 plus houses which would have been delivered along with the bypass.
“We are advising landowners to carefully consider if they have any potential sites. Even sites that have previously been refused may now be accepted for development. The uplift in value could be considerable. In doing so landowners may need to talk to our surveyors to make sure any limitations such as access, restricted covenants, easements etc are dealt with or it may be prudent to enter into an option or promotion agreement to progress the planning on your land.”
For more information contact planning consultants Graham Clark or Owen Fry at the Hereford office of Berrys on 01432 809830 email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Partner and Chartered Surveyor Ben Corbett on 01432 809831 email firstname.lastname@example.org