This map shows the outcomes of four components of Natural Environment Evidence Herefordshire Council commissioned in 2022. These support the delivery of the new Local Plan, which covers the period 2021-2041. It provides a framework to guide sustainable development within Herefordshire. The workstreams are the Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy, which will provide a key delivery mechanism for securing GBI enhancements across the county, the Landscape Character Assessment, Open Space Assessment and Habitat and Species mapping and analysis.
Landscape Character Assessment is the process of identifying and describing variation in the character of the landscape. This report identifies and explains the unique combination of elements and features that make the landscapes of Herefordshire distinctive by mapping and describing character types.
Habitats and species form the foundation of functional ecosystems. This analysis underpins the evidence of the wider Local Plan and the other three pieces of work i.e. the Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy, Landscape Character Assessment and Open Space Assessment. It can also be used to inform the Local Nature Recovery Strategy.