Eight new homes could be created on the edge of Hereford if a farm’s planning application is successful.

The proposal by Nick Taylor of Home Farm, Belmont, by the A465, would make two pairs of semi-detached houses out of two stone-walled barns, one of which is grade II listed and thought to date from the 18th century, so requiring a separate listed building consent.

The conversion plans would “minimise the impact on the character and significance of the buildings”, which “are not well suited for modern agricultural purposes, and have lacked any maintenance over the last fifty years”, his application says.

County planning policy supports the conversion of disused farm buildings into homes, it points out.


Demolishing more modern sheds to the rear would meanwhile provide space for gardens and parking, and for four new single-storey houses.

Of “simple rectangular forms” with stone and timber cladding, the four would “take their design cues” from the two retained barns, while leaving these “the dominant built form”, the application explains.

There would also be “a more sympathetic landscape treatment” of the western edge of the site, which gives onto open land dotted with mature trees beyond.

Comments on the application, numbered 231061, can be made until May 22.