Plans have been put forward to replace disused chicken sheds on a Herefordshire farm with nine houses.

The planning application (number 240742) by Mr & Mrs P Pantall would redevelop redundant parts of Upper House Farm, Staunton on Wye between Hereford and Kington.

Last used to house broiler chickens three years ago, the operation “was unviable and not able to compete with large intensive farm units”, according to a statement with the application.


The six sheds would be cleared, along with eight feed silos, two generator sheds, four oil tanks and a site office.

They would be replaced by nine houses of brick, stone and timber cladding, and would feature solar panels, air source heat pumps and car charge points.

For market sale and intended “to help meet local housing requirements”, two would have two bedrooms; six, including three bungalows, would have three bedrooms, and one would have four.


With a primary school, doctor’s surgery, village hall, church, pub, garage and regular bus service, Staunton on Wye is a focus for new housing in county planning policy, the application points out.

Alternative options for the site of farming or industrial use had been ruled out due to their potential noise, smell and visual impact, following discussions with parish councillors.

A letter from the parish council included with the application broadly supports the housing plan but expresses disappointment that no affordable housing is included, and asks for the houses to be reserved for local people.

Comments can be made on the planning application via the Herefordshire Council webpage until May 2.