A FORMER pub in Herefordshire in Herefordshire is getting a new lease of life under plans from its current owners.

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

Michael Howe, who has owned the home for more than 20 years, has now been granted planning permission by Herefordshire Council 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 permission with conditions now granted.

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, will now 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.

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Documents showed that the plan is 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 will be in lieu of a conservatory as this would be easier for maintaining thermal comfort.


The proposals also included 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 will be retained.