A FARM in Herefordshire which built a shepherd’s hut without permission is now asking if it can stay.

The site, in Newtown near Leominster, forms part of a farm holding comprising of one large field, and one residence, called the Hen House.

But a successful shepherd’s hut holiday let was built there without consent, with applicant John Pudge now asking Herefordshire Council for retrospective permission.

The planning application seeks a proposed change of use of land, together with the siting of one shepherd's hut lodge with decking to be used as a holiday let.

The owners built the hut during Covid when the extent of lockdowns was unknown, to provide accommodation for extended family members visiting.

By the time it was built, lockdown had been lifted and the owners used the hut for holiday accommodation.

In its short time in use, the owners say that the hut has proved the need for this type of accommodation, with excellent feedback from guests saying that they have enjoyed the great location to explore nearby towns and villages.

They say it will provide quality accommodation on a small scale to be enjoyed by many, and that its compact design and positioning behind a tall hedge means that it will have no agricultural impact on the land and no impact on the landscape or neighbours.

Consultation has finished on the project with a decision expected on planning in late May.