A HEREFORDSHIRE garage is up for sale with hopes it could become a site for new homes despite a previous planning refusal.

Top Garage, in Bromyard, is on the market with Hollywell Homes, with price available on application.

The agents said the site (subject to planning) is for a scaled-down development of five apartments and five town houses ranging in sizes and all with allocated parking.

Plans to turn the garage, set at the junction of the A465 and Panniers Lane, into five houses and 15 flats were previously thrown out in December last year.

Planners at the time said the proposed 20-home development would add to the phosphate pollution entering the river Lugg SAC (special area of conservation) – a legal obstacle currently blocking many developments in the area, that it would be “unjustified unsustainable residential development in the countryside outside of any settlement boundary”, and that it failed to integrate with the highway network, or to accommodate walking and cycling to and from the town;


They also said the housing mix would not help meet local housing need, the planned development failed to contribute to local infrastructure or to deliver affordable housing, and that it would have an “unacceptable adverse impact” on its neighbours, including vulnerable groups.

Hollywell Homes said the site, which is approximately 0.9 acres, presents a great opportunity as a logical extension to the town of Bromyard and is intended to provide a development of distinction, acting as the new southern gateway to the town.

The development proposes a range of residential typologies, suitable for individuals, couples, and families to meet the known demand. The intention would be to attract a wide spectrum of purchasers, including first time buyers, professionals and empty-nesters. In order to develop the design, the following urban design principles have been identified:

They said it is hoped that planning permission will be granted for a total of 10 dwellings with 21 on-site car parking spaces.