Three new houses are planned for a “surplus” area of garden on the edge of a Herefordshire village.

A planning application (numbered 240293) by a Mr and Mrs Wood seeks permission for one four-bedroom and two three-bedroom houses on land immediately south of Crow Hill, Upton Bishop near Ross-on-Wye.

The 0.27-hectare roughly triangular plot, currently a lawn, lies enclosed by hedges and trees alongside the B4224, onto which a new road access would be made.


This “well contained area of garden which is surplus to requirements provides a deliverable development opportunity for a modest residential development”, their application says.

The three would be “of a traditional rural design” but with sustainability features such as high insulation, solar panels, air-source heat pumps and rainwater harvesting.

The driveway would also be permeably paved to aid drainage. There would be two parking spaces for each of the three-bed homes, and three for the four-bedroom house.

The boundary hedging would “generally be maintained and enhanced”, and while some trees would be removed, there would be new planting to compensate.

The site is within the Crow Hill settlement boundary according to the neighbourhood development plan approved in 2022, which earmarks land opposite for “around 15” new houses.

Comments on the application can be made until February 28.