CPRE is seriously concerned about the dangers which the Government’s New Homes Bonus may pose for the countryside. The scheme, which started in April 2011, gives councils a cash bonus (equivalent to six years’ council tax) for every new home built and occupied, regardless of its quality or location. It will mean that councils are being paid for allowing new homes to be built on green open space…
Herefordshire Council is budgeting to use this money, raised from allowing developers to build 16,500 new homes in the County, to help fund a new relief road round Hereford. We think the relief road is unnecessary and an extravagance. Herefordshire Council itself admits the road’s effect on the City’s traffic problems will be minimal. The environmental damage, however, should the road be built, will be irreparable’.
See also … Natural England
See also … English Heritage
See also … National Trust