A former strongman and film actor plans to build five large futuristic houses a hillside beside a Herefordshire village.

Sebastian Abbatiello’s planning application seeks permission for the four-bedroom homes via an existing gateway off Ledbury Road, Wellington Heath north of Ledbury.

The flat-roofed, two-storey buildings would have “captivating panoramic views through an abundance of west-facing glazing”, his application says.


All four bedrooms would be on the ground floors of the houses, with the public rooms, plus balconies, on the first floor.

The exteriors would have a variety of finishes. Each of the five would have a garage and three parking spaces.

The field is allocated for housing development in the village's neighbourhood development plan.


Mr Abbatiello previously held the title of Italy’s Strongest Man and competed in the British equivalent. He has also appeared in several films including the Oscar-winning Gladiator and Hugo.

Comments on his application, numbered 232093, can be made until August 10.