CHILDREN are already struggling to get into schools in a Herefordshire town where hundreds of new homes are set to be built.

Ledbury is earmarked for 1,500 new homes, including around 900 already with planning permission and a further 600 wanted by Herefordshire Council.

At the recent Ledbury Town Council meeting Ian Colewall spoke on behalf of his neighbours about how families from one area are worried.

“The infrastructure is being stretched,” he said.


“Children on Hawk Rise can’t get into schools.”

Families in the new housing development, with homes between two to four bedrooms, aren’t necessarily in a catchment area for Ledbury Primary School, and may not get into the school, he said.

“Our infrastructure is starting to creak and, in some places, breaking,” said Mr Colewall.

“The schools are stretched.”

He questioned councillors if they had it all on board.


Councillor Nick Sims proposed they meet with parish councils to sort the problem among schools and other services with developers, to ensure all could be catered for in different areas of Ledbury.

Coun Bradford said a parish council may not attract enough people but wondered if there should be a referendum.

“Your voice has got to be put behind this,” said Mr Colewall.