Application Number 20/01402/FUL
Status Application Refused

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Application Number 20/01402/FUL
Location Address Land At (Os 8001 6771) Astley
Proposal Retrospective change of use of land and erection of timber building comprising of 3 stables, feed storage and tack room for private equestrian use
Status Refusal
Application Type Full planning permission
Appeal Decision N/A

Important Dates
Application Received Date 14/09/2020
Application Valid Date 23/10/2020
Consultation Start Date 30/12/2020
Site Visited / Site Notice Date
Consultation End 20/01/2021
Advert Expiry
Committee Date (if applicable)
Committee Agenda
Decision Date 16/03/2021

Further Information
Expected Decision Level Delegated
Case Officer Anna Priestley
Parish Astley and Dunley CP
Ward Baldwin Ward
Applicant Mrs Gaynor Arnold
Agent Mr Neil Breakwell, Breakwell Design

Condition Details / Information Notes
The application as submitted is deficient in terms of submitted information including the lack of a Heritage Statement, the lack of a tree survey and no information regarding the location of the manure heap. For these reasons the application as submitted is contrary to policies SWDP6, SWDP22, SWDP24 and SWDP31 of the South Worcestershire Development Plan as well as the requirements of the national planning policy framework.
The stable block is of no architectural, historic or aesthetic merit and represents poor quality design and use of materials. Furthermore, the siting of the stable block does not respect the openness of the parkland. This is particularly the case as it is on the field-side of the access road and therefore separated from the wider complex of Astley Hall and its surrounding buildings. In addition, the change of use of the land has resulted in the extensive subdivision of fields for horses and it is considered that this, and any future additional subdivision, results in visual harm due to the temporary fencing, the small scale of the paddocks, the need for water troughs and other paraphernalia, which would not be sympathetic to the parkland character and therefore the setting of the heritage assets. The development is therefore contrary to policies SWDP6, SWDP21 and SWDP24 of the South Worcestershire Development Plan.
The change of use of the land has involved the subdivision of the field which negatively impacts on the open nature of the site and has introduced visual clutter into the parkland landscape associated with Astley Hall. The stables prevent views from the driveway looking south-east, reducing openness, and visually detracting from and an unwelcome addition to the parkland landscape. The location of the stables and associated use of the land is therefore considered to have a detrimental impact on the landscape character, contrary to Policy SWDP21 and SWDP25 of the South Worcestershire Development Plan.
The large oak tree on the site has not been protected from grazing damage, so it has begun to occur. In addition, no tree survey has been submitted to demonstrate that the stables have not contravened the root protection area of this large tree. Trees and hedgerow were removed to facilitate the development. Overall it is considered that the development has had and is having a detrimental impact on trees and no appropriate survey or mitigation has been provided as part of the application and therefore it is contrary to policy SWDP 22 of the Development Plan.
Due to the small scale of the site and its proximity to residential dwellings, it is not considered that manure storage can be managed in a way which would avoid adverse impacts to neighbouring properties from odour and vermin, contrary to Policies SWDP21 and SWDP31.
Positive and Proactive Statement. In dealing with this application, the Council has worked with the applicant in the following ways: - providing pre-application advice; -considering proposed landscaping and amendments to the scheme - considering the imposition of conditions. In such ways the Council has demonstrated a positive and proactive manner in seeking solutions to problems arising in relation to the planning application. This is in accordance with paragraph 38 of the NPPF.  Despite these efforts, the Council still consider that planning permission should be refused for the reasons set out above.
The decision to refuse this application has been taken having regard to the following drawing no/s: Location Plan, 01A and 02A.

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Consultation Responses

Neighbour List

In addition to consultations with the consultee listed, we will publicise the application in accordance with national requirements and our local policy. This publicity usually takes the form of letters to nearby properties, the posting of site notices and/or the placing of a public notice in our local newspapers.

Name Address Sent Reply Received
Gary Mascall Woodhampton Grove Weather Lane Astley Burf STOURPORT ON SEVERN DY13 0SF 30/11/2020
Sara Brown The Old Stables Astley Hall Astley STOURPORT ON SEVERN DY13 0RW 28/11/2020
Trefor Cook Gatehouse Cottage Bliss Gate Rock Bewdley DY14 9YE 27/11/2020

Consultee List

Name Organisation Sent Reply Due Reply Received
Bob Hughes Engineers - S.W. Land Drainage Partnership 26/10/2020 16/11/2020
Councillor Mrs P. Cumming Baldwin Ward 26/10/2020 16/11/2020 08/11/2020
Highways County Highways 26/10/2020 16/11/2020 05/11/2020
Mrs P Perfect Astley & Dunley Parish Council 26/10/2020 16/11/2020
MHDC Landscape Officer MHDC Landscape Officer 27/10/2020 17/11/2020 14/12/2020
Councillor Mrs P. Cumming Baldwin Ward 04/11/2020 25/11/2020 08/11/2020
Mrs P Perfect Astley & Dunley Parish Council 04/11/2020 25/11/2020 16/11/2020
MHDC Conservation Officer MHDC Development Plans & Conservation 30/12/2020 20/01/2021 26/02/2021
Worcestershire Regulatory Services - Nuisance Worcestershire Regulatory Services 30/12/2020 20/01/2021 31/12/2020

Constraints List

Constraints List
Paper: Berrows Journal - Friday
CIL009 - Non-Urban Area
Enforcement Notice Issued Ref: E10/87 Property: Land at Astley Hall Nursing Home, Astley
Enforcement Notice Issued Ref: E183/91 Property: Land at Astley Hall Nursing Home, Astley
Enforcement Notice Issued Ref: E94/85 Property: Land at the rear of Astley Hall, Astley
Outside SWDP Development Boundary
Water Supply. If Major Application consultation required with Severn Trent (Welsh Water if in Bockleton Parish)
SWDP 15: Designated Rural Areas
SWDP 5: Protect and Enhance
Listed Buildings Affect Setting 25m Buffer - GRADE: II. 1349473. Lodge east of Astley Hall
No associated appeals