PLANS for a new shepherd hut for tourists to stay in near Hay-on-Wye will be considered by county councillors next week.

Barry Rose, who runs a small Bed & Breakfast from New House in Cusop, wants permission to site a shepherd hut along with landscaping and a new access.

Herefordshire Council planning officers have recommended approving the scheme subject to conditions.

But Cusop and Dorstone parish councils have objected to the plans along with 10 residents – while 12 people have written in support of the scheme Parish councillors are concerned over removal of a hedgerow and the impact the proposals would have on the local water supply.

But supporters have highlighted the increasing value of tourism locally and said there is a shortage of quality, reasonably priced accommodation in and around Hay.

The county council’s planning committee will consider the scheme at an online meeting at 10.30am on July 15.