The Core Strategy, which provides the strategic planning framework for the county’s future development needs up to 2031, will be debated at formal hearing sessions in February 2015. This is an important step in the process to move closer towards finalising the proposals and policies within the plan.
The hearings will be chaired by a government appointed planning inspector and will cover a range of other issues as well, including environmental and transport policies. The hearings are open to the public so anybody can come and listen to the debates, but only those people or organisations that made representations at the previous public consultation stage will be invited to take part in the discussions.
The hearings are set to start on Tuesday 10th February and will run over 3 weeks on set dates. They will be held at Hedley Lodge, Belmont Abbey, Ruckhall Lane, Hereford, HR2 9RZ. Details of the dates and subjects to be discussed on each day can be found on the examination web pages of Herefordshire Council website at: http://bit.ly/1BhvnrY
After the hearings have finished the Inspector will produce a report with her recommendations for changes that are required to the plan. These will be consulted on before the Core Strategy can be adopted by the council as its development plan for the county.