Grid Ref: E: 308008 N: 253502
Valid Date: 05/09/2018
Officer: Tamsin Law
Community Council: Llanelwedd Community Council
Applicant: Mr Keri Davies
Location: Wernhalog Farm, Llanfaredd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3TE
Proposal: Erection of 2 No. agricultural buildings for poultry production, with associated feed bins, hardstandings, drainage attenuation pond and a new highway access to the A481
Application Type: Full application
Ms N De Bar Baskerville spoke against the application.
Ms C Bowen-Thomas spoke against the application.
Dr J Milson spoke against the application.
Ms K Milson spoke against the application.
Miss Davies, applicant and Mr S Harrison, agent spoke in response.
The Committee noted that the application was supported by an Environmental Statement. The Principal Planning Officer advised that NRW had issued an environmental permit.
In respect of questions regarding the proximity of such a development to residential dwellings, the Principal Planning Officer advised that there are no hard rules regarding the distance allowed from a development.. She advised that this is dependent on a number of factors such as topography and the type of development. She advised that the development had been granted an environmental permit by NRW which would regulate issues such as noise, odour, dust etc The impact on sensitive receptors had been undertaken and there was no detrimental impact on receptors sufficient to refuse the permit or planning application. Environmental Health has been consulted on the application and offered no objection to the development.
In response to questions the Built Heritage Officer confirmed that although the proposed development would cause “small harm” to the setting of Hope Chapel; it would not be significant and would be mitigated to the extent that she had no objection to the proposed development. The Principal Planning Officer advised that condition 30 related to private wells. However, in the light of comments from Environmental Health, she advised that, if the Committee was minded to approve the application, a condition regarding the need to produce a plan giving the precise location of private wells on the site prior to the commencement of the development could be added.
The Principal Planning Officer advised, in response to a question, that the unit could not be sited nearer the other farm buildings, as it would have a detrimental impact on the Colwyn Brook Marshes SSSI. She advised that with regards to the River Wye and River Usk SACs that a Habitats Regulation Assessment has been undertaken by the Powys Ecologist which concluded there was no likely significant effect on the SAC or their features.
The Committee adjourned to allow the Principal Planning Officer to check the details in the Manure Management plan. She reiterated that NRW had assessed the plan, however some Members of the Committee raised concerns regarding manure being spread on the field in front of the unit. The Principal Planning Officer advised that a condition requiring an amended Manure Management Plan removing the field could be added.
The Environmental information submitted with the application was considered in full in the determination.
Reason for decision:
that the application be granted consent, subject to the conditions set out in the report which is filed with the signed minutes and that it be delegated to the Professional Lead Development Management to add a condition regarding the need to produce a plan giving the precise location of private wells on the site prior to the commencement of the development and that the field between the road and the unit be removed as an area for spreading manure and that a revised Manure Management Plan be submitted.
As officers recommendation as set out in the report which is filed with the signed minutes.
Additional conditions added in order to safeguard the amenity of neighbouring residential properties
The Committee adjourned at 1.35 p.m. for lunch and reconvened at 2.00 p.m.
County Councillor K Lewis (Chair)
County Councillors L Corfield, L George, H Hulme, EM Jones, MJ Jones, F Jump, H Lewis, I McIntosh, D Selby, E Vaughan and R Williams.