• In today’s council planning committee meeting, Herefordshire Football Association’s bid to install a second stand and tannoy system at County Ground, Widemarsh Common, Hereford, was unanimously approved.
    Accommodating 50 seated and 50 standing spectators, the stand is a requirement of the league in which the resident Lads Club senior side currently plays.
    The proposal had been brought before the committee due to a council staff member also sitting on the Herefordshire FA board. (Council planning reference: 220137)
  • The planning committee also unanimously approved a proposed outdoor classroom building of timber in grounds to the rear of Clehonger C of E Primary School, to enable “forest school” learning – despite a “strong” objection from a neighbour that this would bring extra noise. (Ref: 213842)
  • A London-based developer has put forward a bid to convert “excessive storage space” to the rear of the former Shoe Zone shop on Leominster High Street, which closed last month, into a three-bedroom flat. (Ref: 221394)
  • Changes to plans by housing provider Connexus for 39 new houses next to Orleton Primary School have been approved. These alter the style and layout of the houses, as a new developer on the project, Shropshire Homes, “is seeking to incorporate their own house types”. (Ref: 211884)
  • A roughly 50-year-old rural home, Woodhouse Cottage in Upton Bishop, can be demolished and rebuilt away from nearby mature trees. The proposed new house, put forward by the current residents, is of “a good standard of design that would respond to the locality”, and bring “clear environmental benefits”, the planning officer said. (Ref: 213427)
  • A plan has also been made to demolish an “energy-intensive” house of similar vintage in the village of Goodrich, and replace it with a highly energy-efficient house, also of two storeys and three bedrooms, intended to achieve the Passivhaus standard. (Ref: 221311)
  • A bid to build a sun room and porch at the rear of the farmhouse at Parkfield Farm near Ledbury under so-called permitted development rights has been rejected, due to the size of the proposed extension exceeding the 4-metre height limit for such schemes. “Planning permission is therefore required,” the council’s planning officer ruled. (Ref: 221334)