A number of car parks could possibly become housing in Hereford, as part of plans revealed by Herefordshire Council in the Hereford Masterplan.

Herefordshire Council has floated the possible idea of turning car parks in Hereford city centre into housing, in the Hereford Masterplan consultation that is currently taking place.

In the consultation, it states:

If some existing car park sites were made available for other uses in the future, potential options for redevelopment could include:

High-quality city centre homes that are affordable to local people of different ages

Accommodation for students of the newly created NMITE and existing College of Art

New green and open spaces for those who live, work in, and visit Hereford

Hotel or other visitor accommodation

Community and health facilities

Commercial workspaces

The masterplan will set out key principles to guide the development of new homes in Hereford:

High quality design

Respectful of surrounding architecture

Fitting local height and scale

Mix of tenures – sale, shared ownership, social rent

Strong environmental and biodiversity credentials

Supported by school, health, and community facilities

From Herefordshire Council

“Hereford is a vibrant, attractive city, with a rich history and thriving local economy. But there are challenges we need to address for the city to continue to thrive in the future.

“Hereford can be difficult to get into and around, whether you’re travelling on foot, by bike, by car, bus or train. The city needs more infrastructure to support safe cycling, wheeling and walking, alongside better planned and integrated public transport. This will create real movement choice and improved highway resilience for those who genuinely need to use their cars.

“Living within a city has many benefits, but we need more homes to ensure that future generations of people can continue to live here.

“We also need to reduce carbon emissions to improve air quality and play our part in dealing with the current climate emergency.

“With the Local Plan currently out for consultation, an Economic Plan under development and a new Local Transport plan to come – Herefordshire Council is developing a more detailed masterplan for Hereford. This will enhance the character of the city and provide a blueprint for connecting it internally and to the counties, market towns and villages nearby, making Herefordshire an even better place to live and work in the future. By creating a coherent vision that links the statutory plans, the masterplan will support the case for future investment and ensure future delivery is consistent and well-coordinated.”

Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member, Infrastructure and Transport at Herefordshire Council, said: 

“With the Local Plan out for consultation, an Economic Plan in development and a new Local Transport plan to come, Herefordshire Council is developing a detailed masterplan for Hereford. This will enhance the character of the city and improve connections to the counties, market towns and villages nearby. Our aim is to make Hereford an even better city, a greener, healthier, and safer place to live for all.

“We want to hear your views as we develop the draft masterplan between now and next spring. Have your say online at herefordshire.gov.uk, or by visiting our public exhibition.”

View the Hereford Masterplan – Have Your Say Today – Hereford City Masterplan – Commonplace