Housebuilder to build scheme on site of former US military hospital in Herefordshire 

Persimmon has been given approval to build a 353-home scheme in Herefordshire.

The £3.8bn-turnover housebuilder was granted final approval for the development, at Barons Cross Camp, Leominister, by Herefordshire Council yesterday after agreeing to buy phosphate credits to offset nutrient pollution created by the scheme.

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A diagram of the proposed scheme

The scheme will be built on an unused brownfield site which was used as a US military hospital in the Second World War.

Persimmon agreed to buy £530,000 of credits, which the council will use to construct an integrated wetland system in nearby Luston to offset the impact and ensure the development is “nutrient neutral.”

A Persimmon spokesperson said this will ensure the River Lugg and Wye, both recognised as special areas of conservation, will be protected.

A total of 88 homes will be transferred to a local housing association for use as social housing.

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Lee Hawker, managing director at Persimmon Homes, said: “This development will deliver significant benefits and investment in the local community including new market homes for local people, and 88 affordable housing properties, which will be transferred to a local housing association for social provision. 

“We are particularly grateful for Herefordshire Council’s innovative approach to phosphate mitigation, which has helped unlock this site for development.

In addition to social housing, the section 106 planning agreement also includes a £600,000 contribution towards local schools and £700,000 for transport.

The Conservative Party in its election manifesto published yesterday pledged to abolish nutrient neutrality rules and instead legally require developers to pay off a one-off mitigation fee.