A former clinic in the historic heart of Hereford can be converted into a single-person home.

Paul Rone of Hereford Property Investments had applied to repurpose the former hearing centre and laser clinic at 63 St Owen Street, a grade II listed building dating from the mid-18th century.

With growing demand for housing in the city, and the “uncertain future” of commercial units, the planned change “would safeguard its preservation as a key listed asset”, with minimal changes to its exterior, his application said.


While welcoming an addition to the city’s stock of one-bedroom flats, Herefordshire Council’s housing development officer Tina Wood initially expressed concern that it would be “below nationally described space standards for double occupancy”.

Noting this, planning officer Simon Rowles said that the floor plan had been adjusted “to reflect single occupancy”.

“Although still marginally below the nationally described space standard, this has not been adopted within Herefordshire, and the degree of discrepancy does not justify withholding permission,” he concluded.

Outgoing Green councillor for Central ward Jeremy Milln considered it “an excellent scheme”.