A FREE car park in Bromyard is to be cordoned off soon for the start of building work.

Twelve homes are to be built at the Tanyard, in Pump Street, once the site of a tannery and warehouse dating from the Middle Ages.

Since February 2001, Pencombe developer Peter Terry has submitted several planning applications to build in the Conservation Area. With the help of English Heritage, approval was finally granted in August to build the new homes and convert a redundant building.

On January 10, the site was sold on to Blackheath-based Harper Group Construction Ltd which will begin work as soon as building regulations are approved.

Town clerk Mike Cresswell, a Pump Street resident, said: "I'm pleased it's going to be tidied up. The Tanyard has been like a derelict site in one way or another for more than 10 years."

To compensate for the loss of free parking, Herefordshire councillor Chris Grover said he had arranged for the Rowberry Street car park to be free from Monday, on a temporary basis.