We consulted on the Agricultural Planning Supplementary Planning Document (AP SPD) between 28 November 2022 and 24 February 2023. This consultation is closed.

About the Agricultural Planning SPD

The Agricultural Planning SPD includes the following guidance to help improve the quality of information developers may need to provide when submitting proposals for agricultural development:

  • An outline of the issues that may arise in relation to agricultural development. Better quality information at the planning application stage will assist the decision making process.
  • A tool to determine the phosphate loading of a proposed development. This will help inform the determination of planning applications within the River Wye Catchment. It 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. Although this is an important issue to Herefordshire, it is not possible to introduce new policy approaches in the SPD. However, there is opportunity to do this as part of the emerging Local Plan 2021-2041 and the comments received regarding local ambitions to strengthen and extend existing policies beyond what is stated in this SDP will form a useful evidence base for future policy development.

View the Agricultural Planning Supplementary Planning Document.

Further enquiries

We will carefully consider all feedback received during the consultation, before the final draft is put forward for formal adoption by the council.

If you have any questions, please contact ldf@herefordshire.gov.uk or telephone 01432 383637.

Consultation deadline

The consultation ran until 24 February 2023.

Our wider work - documents

Local Plan 2021 - 2041 – Herefordshire Council

Cabinet Commission on Restoring the Wye - news item September 2022

Supplementary Planning Documents - Agricultural Planning

Published: 28th November 2022