The latest of several attempts to build houses on a Herefordshire village field has drawn more than 40 objections from locals.

Russell Pryce of Collins Design and Build applied earlier this year for outline permission to build 10 houses, half to be classed as “affordable” at a 30 per cent discount, on a field at Ramblers Way, Winforton between Kington and Hay-on-Wye.

Mr Pryce had previously applied to build seven homes on the same spot but this was rejected by county planners, a decision later backed by a government planning inspector in late 2022 when Mr Pryce appealed against the refusal.


His latest bid to build a greater number of houses at the same spot aims to have it recognised as a “rural exception site” – a planning route to enable affordable rural housing outside of settlement boundaries.

No affordable housing has been delivered in Winforton “for many decades”, and none within the Eardisley parishes “for at least 20 years”, a statement with the application said.

But Eardisley group parish council said in its nine-page objection that given the “significant number of representations by Winforton residents”, it stood by its objections to the previous proposal.


The parish is already “over-achieving” in meeting its new homes target, it said, and claimed a need for affordable housing in Winforton had not been shown.

The village itself has already grown by over 30 per cent since 2016 without any new facilities, the parish council said, and the resulting growth in traffic is “having a detrimental effect on the village and its infrastructure”.

Resident Jaine Wills said that “a beautiful view will be spoiled” were approval given to the development, the latest in a “barrage” of proposals put forward by the site owner since 2014.

Herefordshire Council aims to determine the planning application by early May.