The company behind a new 10-home housing development in a Herefordshire village has applied to expand the scheme by a further four homes.

Churcham Homes of Churcham, Gloucestershire, is seeking to expand its current development at Castle End Farm, Lea, near Ross-on-Wye, which is nearing completion.

The two two-bedroom, semi-detached, and two three-bedroom detached homes would be on former industrial land immediately north of the existing ten, and would be sold at market rate.

The company applied last August to build nine two-bedroom homes on the same site – a bid which Lea Parish Council recommended refusing, due to the county’s adequate new housing supply. That bid remains undetermined.

Describing the nine as “open market dwellings sited at an inappropriate location outside the Lea village settlement boundary”, the parish council said: “Further development within Lea village cannot be demonstrated to be sustainable, amounting to overdevelopment.”

It recommended that any further development “should result in a need to consider community infrastructure funding provision” – a mechanism whereby developers fund local infrastructure as a condition of being granted permission for larger schemes.

A community infrastructure levy determination form is included with the latest application.