A NEW shop looks set to open in a village near Leominster, despite objections from neighbours which said it would be "unsightly".

Herefordshire Council gave Laura Mackenzie the green light to change the use of a front room and driveway of a house in Weobley to commercial use as she looked to open a new business.

Applicant Mrs Mackenzie told the council in the planning application process that many people in the picturesque village were "excited" about the prospect of her "little antiques business" at 10 Broad Street.

She added :"I know will be very beneficial for Weobley and will another atteaction for lcoal and visitors from near and far."


But some neighbours objected to the scheme, with one saying it would be "unsightly".

Referring to Mrs Mackenzie's previous furniture business Utter Clutter, Ann Saunders said she had no objection to the change of use of the front room, but she fear furniture on the driveway would be unsightly and cause traffic congestion on the street.

She was also worried about parking as she said Mrs Mackenzie would have to park on the street.

Responding to concerns, Mrs Mackenzine said she had no intention of parking on the roadside, but she had a right to if needed, adding the shop was going to be a "very small concern".


A trustee of the nearby listed building The Bear also objected on the grounds of parking issues.

Charles Almond also objected to the plans as he felt there would be a loss of privacy, overdevelopment and the effect the changes would have on the listed building.

Despite objections, village residents Mr Palmer and Jill Abrahall supported the application.

Herefordshire Council's planners approved the plans with conditions, which included opening hours being restricted to 9am until 5pm.