From a correspondent – all photograps are at the end of the document.
Planning Application for Consultation by 4th Dec
A planning application has been submitted to EDDC 19/2393/FUL for the construction of an agricultural building at “Cooks Farm” Castle Lane Woodbury.
The application is from Planning Consultation Company “Bell Cornwell LLP” but there are no details of the applicant or landowner.
The only suggestion of who is the owner is provided in the documents relating to the Location Map which shows that the Cooks Farm is in the same ownership as Castle Brake Caravan Park.
Castle Brake Caravan Park and Ladram Bay Caravan Park are both owned by Mrs. Zoe House together with her brother Mr. Robin Carter, who is also a director of FWS Carter and Sons who own Greendale Business Park.
The Documents also state:
“The application site is bounded to the north and north east by agricultural land forming part of the same holding with the unnamed lane beyond, to the east/south east by agricultural land forming part of the same holding with a wooded area beyond and to the south/southwest and west by agricultural land part of the same holding”
The location and description is, somewhat confusing as the unnamed lane is Dog Lane in Woodbury Salterton, and a better description would be north of Castle Brake Caravan Park.
The Application documents also state
” There are no existing buildings on the site and a secure building is essential for livestock element of the agricultural business in order to store animal feed, provide space to handle livestock and accommodate and care for sick animals.”
The drawings of the proposed building show a building with 5 roller shutter doors.
The East Devon Local Plan states regarding new agricultural buildings.
D7 – Agricultural Buildings and Development:
New agricultural buildings and/or buildings intended for intensive agricultural activities that could give rise to adverse amenity, landscape, environmental or other impacts will be permitted where there is a genuine agricultural need for the development and the following criteria are met:
1. It is well integrated with its surroundings and closely related to existing buildings, being of appropriate location, scale, design and materials so as not to harm the character, biodiversity and landscape of the rural area particularly within the AONB.
2. It will not be detrimental to the amenity of nearby residents on grounds of smell, noise or fly nuisance.
4. It has been established that there are no other suitable buildings on the holding or in the vicinity which could meet the reasonable need.
5. It will not lead to an unacceptable increase in traffic on the local highway network
6. All clean roof and surface waters will be drained separately from foul drainage and foul drainage will not discharge to any watercourse in order to prevent pollution of the water environment.
Proposals for the development of new large-scale buildings for livestock or for other use that could have polluting impacts should be accompanied by a Waste Management Plan.
The documents provided by the Agent does not confirm that it has been established that no suitable building in the vicinity could meet this need.
The nearest farm complex owned by FWS Carter and Sons to whom Robin Carter is a director is at Hogsbrook Farm only 1.2 miles away.
If this application was related to the Caravan Park the East Devon Local Plan states under E19
E19 – Holiday Accommodation Parks: Outside of designated landscape areas, proposals for new sites and extensions of existing sites will be permitted where they meet the following six criteria:
1. The proposal relates sensitively in scale and siting to the surroundings and includes extensive landscaping and visual screening to mitigate against adverse impacts. They do not affect habitats or protected species.
2. They are within, or in close proximity, to an existing settlement but would not have an adverse impact on the character or setting of that settlement or the amenities of adjoining residents.
3. They would not use the best and most versatile agricultural land.
4. They will be provided with adequate services and utilities
5. Traffic generated by the proposal can be accommodated safely on the local highway network and safe highway access to the site can be achieved.
6. The development will be subject to the provisions of plan policy in terms of sustainable construction and on-site renewable energy production.
Proposals for the extension of existing caravan and camping sites or the addition of related and ancillary facilities on existing sites, within designated landscapes, will only be permitted where they meet the above criteria in full and provide no new permanent structures or are replacement structures designed to blend into their surroundings.
Because the location of this new proposed building is within the “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” further expansion of the Caravan Park cannot take place. (The field is dissected by the AONB boundary).
The Planning can be viewed on the EDDC planning website under the reference 19/2393/FUL comments need to be sent by the 4th of Dec