Agricultural Planning Supplementary Planning Document (AP SPD) is now live for consultation

Herefordshire Council are consulting on the Agricultural Planning Supplementary Planning Document (AP SPD) between 28 November 2022 and 23 January 2023. They would welcome your views.

The SPD includes the following:

a)       An outline of the issues that may arise in relation to agricultural development. It is important that this is done because it will help developers submitting proposals for agricultural developments to improve the quality of associated information that may be required to support the planning application and therefore assist the decision making process.

b)       A tool to determine the phosphate loading of a proposed development to inform the determination of planning applications within the River Wye Catchment. This is an innovative approach to include this in an SPD to inform decision making.

 At this time, the SPD is produced to supplement the policies of the adopted Core Strategy 2011-2031 and it can only apply to farming developments that require planning permission. The SPD is designed to provide additional immediate guidance to developers between now and when the updated Local Plan is formally adopted to become the county’s new development plan during 2024.

Herefordshire Council is committed to improving the quality of the County’s rivers and this SPD is one of a number of projects and policies that is seeking to address this.  Despite this being an important issue to Herefordshire, it is not possible to introduce new policy approaches in SPD but there is opportunity to do this as part of the emerging Local Plan 2021-2041 and this SDP will form a useful evidence base for future policy development.

All feedback during the consultation will be carefully considered, before the final draft is put forward for formal adoption by the council.

For more information on how you can take part in the consultation, please click here

If you have any questions, please contact or telephone 01432  383637

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