Plans have been put forward to replace three turkey sheds on a Herefordshire farm with five new houses.

Permission has already been granted to convert one of the sheds into three homes, and to turn a neighbouring staff office and workshop into two further houses, at Upper Brook Bridge Farm, Kingsland near Leominster.

As an alternative to this, Mr D Brandon now proposes five wholly new single- and two-storey houses of three and four bedrooms, with a “barn-like aesthetic”, his application (number 240735) says.


These would have “varying orientations, plot sizes and proportions for an ad-hoc development pattern characteristic of the area”.

Open-plan kitchen, living, dining areas and home offices would “support modern family living” while one would allow “multi-generational living through annexe accommodation”, it adds.

Each would have solar panels on roof slopes, air-source heat pumps and an air-tight, highly insulated building fabric.

The scheme would be “a significant enhancement” on the previously approved conversion plan both aesthetically and environmentally, the application claims.


The existing road layout would be used.

“Reasonably, use of a private motor vehicle would be required for most journeys,” the application acknowledges.

“However, that is all true of the fall-back position [the barn conversion] too and indeed the use of the site over c.50 years as a poultry rearing site.”

A previous newbuild plan was withdrawn late last year after the council’s planning officer raised concerns over its scale and layout – concerns which the new bid seeks to address.

Comments on it can be made until May 8.