Plans have been put forward to protect a prominent Herefordshire building from vandals after several years of neglect.

Number 73 Etnam Street in Leominster, by the entrance to the Etnam Street car park, appears to have been empty for at least eight years, having previously housed a pizza and burger takeaway and before that, a Chinese takeaway.

A planning application (number 241475) by M Rohde seeks permission to replace the property’s two large display windows, now boarded up, with smaller double-glazed sash-style timber windows in an arched brick surround.


The left-hand door would also be bricked up and the double doors to the right replaced with a single double-glazed timber door.

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This is in order to “resist vandals, as the currently vacant shop has been vandalised”, the application says, adding: “It is hoped that fresh look may attract a new shop tenant.”

The applicant appears to be Martin Rohde who is also engaged in a long-running planning battle to retain a partly-built house at Duke’s Walk, to the rear of the Etnam Street property.

Comments on this latest application can be made via the council’s planning page until July 11.