New plans have been revealed to knock down a former Herefordshire music venue and replace it with homes and holiday lodges.

A popular county venue in its heyday, the Park Hall ballroom in Wormelow, south of Hereford, featured a revolving stage and elegant grounds.

Between the 1950s and the 1980s it hosted acts including Joe Loss and his Orchestra, the Moody Blues, Status Quo, Hot Chocolate and Madness, and had some later success as a nightclub.

It was bought by Ross-on-Wye businessman Henry Danter in 1988, originally with the intention of turning it into industrial units, but fell victim to fire in 2004.


A plan was approved in 2011 to build five homes on the site but it was never put into action.

Now a new application to demolish the ballroom and build five four-bedroom homes and 15 holiday lodges has been submitted a Mrs S Rogan of Blaismere Leisure, based at Symonds Yat Leisure Park, near Ross-on-Wye. Blaismere is owned by the Danter family.

The site also has several existing homes, a farmstead and farm shop, and the Simply Stunning furniture store, as well as the remains of the venue. Now largely obscured by undergrowth, this “has dilapidated further (since the 2011 bid) and is now unsafe”, the application says.

The development will retain several “significant” mature trees which have tree preservation orders, it says, adding that siting the new wooden-clad houses at the site entrance near those already there “will have the least impact on the existing trees”.

Set further back among the trees, the single-storey timber holiday lodges would incorporate sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting, solar-powered hot water and high levels of insulation.

Public access to a right of way through the centre of the site along the existing driveway would be retained.

Wormelow is listed in Herefordshire’s development plan as among settlements intended to be “the main focus of proportionate housing development” in the county.

The application says the plan is also in line with county policy on tourism development.

Comments on the application, numbered 222687, can be made until September 29.