THERE are plans to build 10 new homes in a Herefordshire village.

Plans have been submitted to Herefordshire Council's planning department for 10 new homes on agricultural land to the north of Boarsfield in Lugg Green Road, Kingsland.

Developers are hoping to gain permission to build a mix of two, three, and four bedroom houses on the site.

If approved, the new homes will be constructed in red brick and timber boards with natural slate roofing and will include parking for up to 31 cars.

A previous scheme for 10 homes at the site was refused planning permission because the site is outside of the settlement boundary in conflict with the housing policies in the Core Strategy and neighbourhood development plan, the proposals cause harm to the landscape character of the village and its setting, and the council were unable to carry out a positive HRA for the site in the context of the failing conservation status of the River Wye SAC (sub Lugg sub catchment).

But developers said that while they accept the proposals are located outside of the settlement boundary for Kingsland as defined by the NDP, the weight to the conflict with these policies is diminished by the council’s substantial housing land supply deficit and that the weight which should be accorded to the conflict is insufficient to outweigh the significant economic and social benefits of providing housing in a sustainable location in concert with evidenced landscape and biodiversity benefits.

They further said the accompanying landscape and visual statement confirms that the new proposals respond sensitively to the character of the site and its setting and provides attractive housing which positively contributes to the area, and significantly enhances this part of the village edge.

And while the previous scheme proposed that foul water from the development was discharged to mains, the new scheme proposes that foul water is treated by a package treatment plant, before discharging to ground via a drainage field.

People have until June 4 to comment on the proposals which council planners are expected to consider by June 22.