A 'DILAPIDATED and poorly constructed' house is set to be demolished to make way for new homes in a Herefordshire village.

The site, on which a cottage currently stands, extends to 0.78 acres and is on the market with agents Bruton Knowles for a guide price of £650,000.

The agents said the house on the Leintwardine High Street site at present is a two-bed part oak-framed and blockwork infill cottage with rendered elevations, but is "poorly constructed" and in a "dilapidated" condition.

Outside is a storage and garage building, and hardcore gated access. 

Full planning permission for six new homes to be built with access, landscaping and associated works was granted for the site in November.


An architect's report submitted to Herefordshire Council with the planning application for the site said it had been discovered that no Building Regulations inspections or completion acceptance certificates had been issued or were forthcoming for the current cottate.

"AIP Architects Ltd have carried their own inspections and the building was in an extremely poor condition and very poorly constructed," the report said. 

"We immediately condemned the building as not fit for any purpose and within the proposed scheme we have demolished and recycled what materials we can."

Issues found included a staircase that did not meet regulations, poor electrical and plumbing installation, major cracks, and many other issues "proving too costly to repair".

"The aim of the development is to provide a sustainable high-quality design with an adaptable lifetime mix of housing," the agents said 

"The development is aimed at providing a renewable approach to each property."

The planned homes are all open market, three bedroom homes with two parking spaces, the agents said. 

Nearby amenities include a primary school, garage, shop, church, two pubs, and a medical centre.