A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for polytunnels, on a site close to Ledbury, has been given the go-ahead.

The decision to allow the polytunnels on a field at Toneys Farm, Bromesberrow, has upset local residents, who say they will be a blot on the landscape.

The application, by G and BB Houlbrooke and Son Ltd, will allow the erection of up to three hectares of polytunnels at a time.

The steel-framed structures will be erected in the spring to protect strawberry plants and taken down when the last crop is harvested in November.

See this Thursday's Hereford Times for more on this story.