Three “low-profile” homes with views of the Malvern Hills could be built near a Herefordshire village.

The three detached timber-clad houses at land at Mirrorbrook, Stoney Cross, near Cradley, would all be of a single storey, with “green” (flat, planted) roofs.

One would have four bedrooms, the other two, three bedrooms.

They would use the road access of a recent neighbouring development onto the B4220, according to the application by Mr A Parkhill of Worcester.

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The grade II-listed 17th-century Birch Cottage stands on the other side of the B4220, while the Malvern Hills area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) begins about half a mile away.

In light of this, the proposed house designs, by Glazzard Architects of Worcester, “have been strategically placed on site in order to retain the existing views of the Malvern Hills, whilst being orientated and designed for privacy with minimal visibility from the highway”, the application says.


There have been three previous bids to develop the site, most recently in January 2019 when a plan for mix of 10 houses and flats was refused on several grounds, including the impact on the setting of the cottage. An appeal against the decision was unsuccessful.

Comments on the current application, numbered 223126, can be made until November 10.