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“Due to this housing shortfall, Neighbourhood Development Plans which are over two years old are now being considered out-of-date and as such this provides opportunities for landowners,” said senior planning consultant Graham Clark.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 or or Partner and Chartered Surveyor Ben Corbett on 01432 809831 email


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More about Graham Clark

Senior Planning Consultant
Tel: 01432 809833
Mobile: 07741 310312

Graham has over 22 years’ experience as a planner since obtaining a degree and post graduate diploma in Town Planning Studies at South Bank University, London. Graham has worked in a variety of planning roles in both the public and private sectors and is a qualified chartered town planner.

Graham has extensive knowledge of the planning system having worked in development management, planning enforcement and regeneration at Westminster City Council and Wolverhampton City Council. He joined Berrys as a planning consultant in September 2014 and is based in the Hereford office.

Graham has successfully dealt with intensive poultry applications, agricultural barn conversions to residential use, anaerobic digestion plants and housing proposals. He is also able to deal with planning appeals and provide advice on S106/CIL requirements.