Our planning application was due to be discussed at the Planning and Regulatory Committee on Wednesday 17th January 2018. It was with great disappointment that we have received an email from Herefordshire Planning Department saying that they would be recommending refusal of our application at that meeting. For this reason we have decided to withdraw our application.

Although there are obviously those who did not support this project from the outset, we have received a majority of fantastic support from across the three villages of Cradley, Storridge and Mathon.

Our aim was always to create a long-term community nucleus in the centre of the village. We are hopeful that in the future a project with similar positive aims could succeed.

Thank you enormously to everyone who has lent their expertise and enthusiasm. One day, we hope that our community will be able to call on you, if and when the time is right.

The Heart of the Village Team:
Alan Eldridge, Sarah Herriot, Wynne Harries, Tracey Iwanczuk, Michael Plant, Holly Welford, Kevin Welford


Welcome to our ‘Heart of the Village’ project.

We plan to create a centrally-located space to serve as a social and cultural heart for the Herefordshire villages of Cradley, Mathon and Storridge. We want a new Heart that meets the needs of local people, nurtures community spirit, celebrates our area's natural beauty and provides economic stimulus.

This is an exciting and challenging project. We have done a considerable amount of consultation, planning and design work and we will do all we can to keep our local community informed of the project's progress.

Please do visit this website regularly to keep up with the news. To become involved, or to ask questions, contact one of the Heart Team.

  • Update Thursday 28th December 2017

    Our planning application was due to be discussed at the Planning and Regulatory Committee on Wednesday 17th January 2018. It was with great disappointment that we have received an email from...

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  • Statement to the Parish Council Thursday 10th August 2017

    On the evening of Tuesday 8th August, Cradley Parish Council discussed the revised plans for the Heart of the Village project. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting to give their support...

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  • Planning Application Wednesday 28th June 2017

    We have finally managed to get all our updates in for planning. We updated our wildlife survey on Morgans field and we were very excited to have found evidence of otter passing through. We found no...

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  • New Year Update Friday 27th January 2017

    Our planning application is still with Hereford. We are waiting for input from the Highways Department before we finalise the revisions to our application. We have been asked about the status of our...

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