The Paul Rogers blog: The rise in housing applications is too much

IN this week's Hereford Times, I have reported on the rise in housing applications debated by Herefordshire Council last year.

A total of 34 applications for 1,099 homes were discussed by the council's planning committee - up from 22 applications for 408 houses in 2012.

And I can see the number going up even more in 2014.

I check through the list of planning applications on a weekly basis and a vast majority of them are for houses.

Ok, the majority may only be for a small number of homes, but then you get the big developments.

Examples include 290 homes nar Ross-on-Wye, 120 for Hampton Dene Road in Hereford and 90 pitched for Peterchurch.

I attended public exhibtions laid on by the developers for all of those schemes and the vast number of residents who I spoke to were against the plans.

Reasons they gave included the impact it would have on traffic in the area, the stretch it weould put on local services and the visual impact that it would have on the landscape.

Of course, Herefordshire is in need for more houses, but in my opinion the balance between answering that need and ensuring that the county's character is not adversely affected is vital.

Each community is given the opportunity to adopt a Neighbourhood Plan, which states what the residents in their respective town or village wants to see happen with regards to housing.

However, each plan takes a long time to finalise due to having to go through the right channels.

It has also been reported that the National Planning Policy Framework, which became law in 2012, trumps any local neighbourhood development plans because Herefordshire Council cannot identify a five-year land supply.

That just adds to the frustration of residents and campaign groups, who are trying their best to ensure that their communities do not change for the worse.

The council has already passed a proposal for 150 homes in Kingstone, who is to say that they won't do the same for other villages in the county?

Only time will tell.

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5:10pm Fri 3 Jan 14

megilleland says...

Judging by the weather lately maybe the planners should allow for where the water will run off for these larger developments. At the end of the day it all ends up in the River Wye, but this appears to flood more regularly - how much can it carry before causing serious problems elsewhere?
Judging by the weather lately maybe the planners should allow for where the water will run off for these larger developments. At the end of the day it all ends up in the River Wye, but this appears to flood more regularly - how much can it carry before causing serious problems elsewhere? megilleland
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5:25pm Fri 3 Jan 14

redyoll says...

Perhaps the developers should come and view their pieces of greenfield now before any building is done. Fields are sodden now but if they are covered in houses water will have to go somewhere else. It is a worry
Perhaps the developers should come and view their pieces of greenfield now before any building is done. Fields are sodden now but if they are covered in houses water will have to go somewhere else. It is a worry redyoll
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