THE site of Kington Post Office could be redeveloped as plans for two flats, a new house and a workshop space have been submitted to Herefordshire Council.

Despite the application, the branch will not be affected as the plans cover the part of the site not occupied by the Post Office.

A Post Office spokesperson said: “We would like to reassure the community that Kington Post Office is unaffected by a planning application recently submitted.

“The premises at that address are large and the plans are for the part of the building not occupied by the Post Office and it will not impact on the branch.”

The applicant Timothy Allen has applied for the former sorting office on the ground floor would be converted into a new studio and workshop rental space.

Plans show a number of roof lights are proposed for the two flats, but the applicant said as they would be set in line with the roof surface, they won’t be visible from Bridge Street.

“Whilst only minor work is required, the restoration of the front facade ensures the Post Office’s contribution to the Kington conservation will be enhanced for some time to come,” the design and access statement says.

“The proposed development places a strong emphasis on retaining and restoring the front facade, the contribution this will make to the wider conservation area is notable.

“The proposed work will see the removal of unsightly and damaging cement dash render from the rear facade of the building.

“Overall the work can be considered as making a positive contribution to both the heritage asset and the wider area.”

If approved, one flat would have one bedroom, while the other flat and house would have two bedrooms. Four car parking spaces would also be created.

Comments on application 193422 can be made until November 21.