Market Street, Ledbury


Zesta Planning are delighted to have secured planning permission and listed building consent for the redevelopment of a brownfield site to provide scheme of 31 apartments in Ledbury on behalf of private clients.

This was a highly sensitive site in heritage terms, being located within a Conservation Area and with a Grade II Listed building located on part of the site. As a result of these sensitivities, extensive positive and proactive pre-application discussions were held with Herefordshire Council officers which helped to shape the scheme.

Working closely with KKE Architects Ltd. and Rappor, we were ultimately able to a design a sensitive scheme which made the best use of this sustainably located brownfield site, enhancing the appearance of the Conservation Area and encompassing the Grade II Listed building within the scheme. We were also able to achieve the support of the local community as an allocation within the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

In addition, we were successfully able to argue that Vacant Building Credit should be applied to the proposals, reducing their affordable housing liability. Notwithstanding this, the scheme will still provide for 10 affordable flats on a private landlord basis.

Project Details

  • Redevelopment
  • Regeneration
  • Vacant Building Credit
  • Listed Building Consent
  • Herefordshire
  • Planning Strategy

Images by KKE Architects Ltd

Rarely do planners get the opportunity to deliver developments that have the full support of the local community. In this case, we were able to deliver the comprehensive redevelopment of this site that was allocated by the community in the Ledbury Neighbourhood Plan.  Development that provides a improvement to the historic enviornment, despite the sensitivities involved with Conservation Area setting and nearby listed buildings.  This development also provided the opportunity to test the use of the Government’s ‘Vacant Buiding Credit’, which is designed to reduce the development cost burden of redevelopment, by reducing the on-site affordable housing requirement

Oliver Rider, Director