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No to homes plan beside prize herd
8:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
AN unpopular planning application for 19 homes proposed to be built on land near a herd of pedigree cows has been refused.
Residents of Bishampton – many wearing ‘No to the Firs’ badges – packed Wychavon District Council’s Pershore headquarters to hear members of the planning committee discuss the outline application for the land at The Firs in Main Street.
Villager Graham Boocock said neighbours were up in arms about the plans and were concerned about the impact on both neighbouring Nightingale Farm and the new residents.
“The developers have failed to listen to the community or massive public objections,” he said.
Nightingale Farm is home to a pedigree Angus cow herd rated ‘elite’ for its high-quality breeding programme.
Will Adams, representing applicants MWH Project, said his clients had taken the importance of the herd into consideration and argued concerns noise and odour from the farm would disturb residents were groundless.
“The site will deliver a good mix of small homes needed in the locality and will make an important contribution to the housing land supply,” he said.
Although he said the development would include a screen to shield the development from the farm, ward member Elizabeth Tucker said she did not believe this would be enough and was concerned residents would be driven to make complaints against the farm.
“Having a working farm within the village is something to be proud of,” she said.
A similar application for 21 homes on the same site was refused in April over concerns around the density of the site, and members agreed reducing the amount of homes by two did not address their concerns and voted to refuse the application by 11 votes to one, with two abstentions.
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