Article by Tony Stanton:
"Around 350 new homes will be provided within the Hardwick Bank area and south of the A44 Leominster Road." (extract)
Reader, you could be forgiven for thinking seeing the headline above this article has been submitted by one of our Town Councillors. Whilst it should have been, it was not. I find it difficult to understand why Councillor Roger Page and his fellow Councillors have been so vocal regardingthe Porthouse Development Proposal but has displayed deafening silence regarding the Hardwick Bank Proposed Development which is a far greater and important issue for Bromyard, affecting many more residents than Porthouse was ever intended to do.
In fairness to both Cllrs Swinford and Seldon they did make a veiled reference to the re-commencement of the Consultation Process in March but gave little detail of how the Consultation is to be conducted or dates and possible venues. To my knowledge they still have
not. There is Council Planning meeting this evening (Monday 4th) but having read the Agenda I found no reference to the planned Consultation for Bromyard.
To put the record straight the Consultation Process begins today March 4th and will run until April 22nd. It is an on line or postal consultation inviting residents from Bromyard and all over Herefordshire to read and understand HCC proposal then give an opinion albeit in favour or against the development. There are many pdf documents and I would advise reading them all before answering the questionaire. This process is also to be supported by a Road Show which will be situated in the Tenbury Road Car Park on 14th March. .
Whilst the headline refers to Hardwick Bank the proposal incudes both house and employment development off Panniers Lane and Hereford Road.
"The land south of the A44 slopes from east down to the west and is open to long distance views to the west." (extract)
It is true to say I have vested interest in opposing the Hardwick Bank development as will many residents living in and roads off Winslow Road especially those currently enjoying uninterupted views as far as Clee Hill. My interest is to protect both my quality of life for me and my family and property values. Be assured reader once this proposal becomes part of the 20 year LDP any searches carried out by a would be buyer's agent will be reflected in the value of your property for that period of time.
The proposed site headline suggests it is Hardwick Bank but in reality the develoment will stretch Eastwards engulfing good Green Field Pasture Land in its wake! Of course this current Tory Government having relaxed the Green Belt/Site regulations is making it so much easier for Councils to develop Green Pasture Land rather than brown field sites.
My own interest notwithstanding, in 2010 the residents of Bromyard were invited to participate in the first LDF Consultation and the returns showed out of approximately 4,500 residents only 92 replies were recorded. It is imperative on matters of this importance maximum publicity is given to the issues involved so that residents can make an informed decision.
The proposal and questionaire can be found in Herefordshire Planning -Planning Policies - Core Local Development Framework and the read all the PDF Documents in connection with the proposed development policy . The documents can also be viewd in the Public Library. I urge all residents whether you feel it affects you or not, to get involved if only to learn what is proposed for your Town because sooner or later it will affect you.