A FORMER pub in Herefordshire could get a new lease of life under plans proposed by its current owners.

Hollybush House in Munderfield, a village two miles south of Bromyard, used to be the Hollybush pub, before being converted to a home.

Michael Howe, who has owned the home for more than 20 years, now wants to turn the garage at the home, on the B4214 Ledbury Road, into an annexe.


In the planning application to Herefordshire Council, Paul Lodge of AtelierMB Architects said the move would help the owners.

With the main house split across several different floor levels, the current occupants are finding it hard due to decreasing mobility.

So the garage, which has rendered blockwork walls and Eternit slate finish roof on timber trusses, needs to be converted to a two-bed annexe, he said.

The gables of the current garage include timber-framed windows while the entrance elevation includes two large openings without doors. The floor is a ground bearing solid concrete slab.


It is proposed to extend the front elevation of the garage to allow space for two bathrooms of sufficient size for ambulant disabled persons and still provide sufficient living space.

A garden room is proposed in lieu of a conservatory as this would be easier for maintaining thermal comfort.

The proposals include glazed doors with sidelights on the west elevation to allow a good level of natural light into the general living areas of the property.


New outdoor terrace spaces and planting bed relate to the access points of the annexe and continue the gardening theme of the house itself.

The existing walls and roof structure and finishes are to be retained.

Comments on application 222468 can be made until September 7, with planners setting September 30 as a target date for a decision.