A plan to turn a historic Herefordshire hotel and restaurant into flats and a shop or café has been approved.

The grade II listed, three-storey Raglan House in Broad Street, Ross-on-Wye, was most recently home to the six-room Hotel 17 and the Cellar Bar.

Local developer Alan Porter Ltd applied to turn the restaurant and kitchen on the ground floor into a “shop/café” and one of the flats.

In place of the letting rooms on the upper two floors will be two more flats, each with two bedrooms.

The frontage will remain unchanged, but a single-storey extension to the rear will be rebuilt.


Herefordshire Council’s planning officer Gemma Webster concluded the proposed changes “are all compatible” with the town’s neighbourhood development plan, and will “bring forward a viable re-use for the heritage asset”.

There were no public submissions opposing the plan, and Ross-on-Wye Town Council also gave its support.

The approval requires that covered and secure cycle storage be provided for the flats, which have no car parking, and prevents the “shop/café” being used for any other purpose.