A historic Herefordshire town-centre building could be turned into a four-bedroom home under newly submitted plans.

Windsor House in St Mary’s Street, Ross-on-Wye is a three-storey, early 19th-century, partly listed building.

It was last used by surveyors and auctioneers RG & RB Williams, who have since moved to the town’s auction centre by the Over Ross roundabout.


There would be no external changes under the proposal, the planning application (number 241234) says, with the main change inside being the addition of stud walls to create en-suite bathrooms to two of the three bedrooms on the first first-floor.

A further bedroom and study would occupy the second floor, with public rooms on the ground floor.

Listed building consent is also being sought (application number 241235) for the work.

Attempts last year to sell the property for commercial use, at a guide price of £275,000, “drew no interest whatsoever”, according to a marketing report accompanying the application.


It blamed this on a decline in demand for office space following Covid 19, poor internal layout of the building with little option to reconfigure it given its listed status, and lack of parking with it.

Meanwhile other shops and offices in the town have recently been granted permission for conversion into homes, the application points out.

Comments on the applications for planning permission can be made until June 14, and on the listed building consent bid until June 7.