HEREFORDSHIRE Council has today (December 2) given the go-ahead for a county councillor to extend his home in a village near Ross-on-Wye.

Penyard ward councillor William Wilding applied for permission to build a single storey lean-to extension to the south west elevation of his home in Lea Bailey.

The scheme also includes the construction of a balcony on the north-west side and an entrance to the south east elevation via a porch.

Councillor Terry James proposed approving the proposals as recommended by the council officers.

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He said: “Bearing in mind the officers' report, I don’t think we need to debate this much.

“This is merely a formality that it has to come to this committee.

“It would normally be dealt with by delegated powers and would have been given virtually automatic approval.”

This was seconded by councillor Tony Johnson.

Councillor Jeremy Milln said: “I very much appreciate coun Wilding’s so eagerly embracing the new checklist tool for climate emergency and biodiversity.

“Clearly he has given that a great deal of consideration which you would expect him to do which weighs heavily in favour with me so I shall be voting for approval.”

The scheme was unanimously approved.