Plans to knock down a Hereford house and replace it with a shop and six flats have been revived.

The neighbouring Royal National College for the Blind (RNCB) and developer Venns Lane Ltd have submitted the bid for the site on Venns Lane at the junction with Campbell Road to the north of the city.

It is currently occupied by a 1960s-era house, described in the application as “of no architectural or historic merit”, within the college grounds.


The RNCB was previously housed in the grade II-listed Victorian building on the other side of Venns Lane, now used by Hereford College of Arts. But there “is no meaningful inter-visibility” between this and the proposed development, the application said.

Plans had previously been put forward RNCB and Venn's Lane Ltd but these were withdrawn and now resubmitted.

Philip Staddon, on behalf of consultants PJS Development Solutions, said there would be six first-floor two-bedroom flats above the shop which would "serve the local community".

He said there were some technical matters surrounding transport and servicing that needed addressing, which has been done in the resubmitted application.

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The new building would be of red brick with sections of grey render, and a flat roof to reduce its visual impact. 

There would be eight car parking spaces by the convenience store, along with an extra 10 for the northwest of the site.

The college was reported in 2019 to be in financial difficulties and has put in place a business recovery plan. It was rated “good” in its latest Ofsted report last year.

Comments on application 230540 can be made until April 6, with a target determination date of April 18.