A new attempt is being made to build houses on a field at a Herefordshire village, after a previous bid was rejected for its proposed houses being too big.

Claire Price has submitted a planning application (number 240468) for an acre-and-a-half field by Greyhound Close, Longtown, on the English side of the border north of Abergavenny.

This proposes nine homes for market sale, consisting of a terrace of three two-bedroom homes, four houses of three bedrooms (two being semi-detached), and two of four bedrooms, along with 15 parking spaces.


Her previous bid to build six houses, one with five bedrooms, four with four and one with three, was rejected by county councillors in June 2022, a decision later upheld by a government planning inspector.

Longtown parish council said at the time that though the field was allocated for new homes for the village, this was to be “affordable housing, not larger, more expensive housing”.

Now a letter to council planners from Ms Price’s agent says her new proposed scheme “addresses the one and only reason for refusal” of the previous bid, namely the “housing mix”.

This now has a greater proportion of smaller units, in line with the recommendations of the county’s housing market area needs assessment, the letter says.

All other aspects of the plan, including design, heritage and landscape impact, roads and drainage, had not previously been challenged and “are considered acceptable”, it adds.

Comments on the application can be made via Herefordshire Council’s planning webpage until March 28.