Update on the proposed Hereford Bypass
We keep getting asked ‘what is happening about the proposed bypass?’ So here is an update.
Herefordshire Council last considered the matter in July 2018 when the ‘red route’ was preferred from a shortlist of seven. More money was allocated for further surveys including engineering boreholes along the proposed route. A new Herefordshire Council was elected on May 2nd.
What happens next? For the project to go ahead, finance for the road has to be secured. The Council has been seeking money for the bypass from national housing and road funds. Even with the significant number of houses planned for Hereford in the next twelve years, there is not enough money available locally for the current estimated £150m+ cost of the scheme.
More detailed reports on the ‘red route’ will be completed and considered by the new Council. If they still decide to go ahead with the road there will need to be a further, statutory public consultation and the results assessed. Herefordshire Council will also have to apply for planning permission. Then there will almost certainly be a Public Inquiry. There has never actually been an inquiry into these particular bypass proposals. Another Inquiry could be needed if compulsory purchase orders are required, if local property owners cannot agree terms with Herefordshire Council for their land or homes. There is a lot more uncertainty to come through 2019 and beyond.