Farm developments ‘must come down’

Worcester News: ORDER: Cattle farm must tear down unauthorised buildings ORDER: Cattle farm must tear down unauthorised buildings

ONE of Worcestershire’s largest cattle farms must pull down a number of unauthorised buildings which were built without planning permission, say councillors.

Wadborough Park Farm off the Pershore to Worcester Road, near Stoulton, was found to be in breach on five counts of planning regulations after investigations by Wychavon District Council .

Councillors heard from their own planning officers how separate breaches of planning law on “an exceptionally large and intensive cattle” farm extended “significantly beyond that envisaged in the 2005 planning application and which has caused a raft of environmental problems and nuisance to local residents and businesses”. The report was put together by Wychavon planning officers after they carried out a site inspection on Friday, June 29.

During the inspection, photographs were taken of the site’s buildings and structures, so that the recorded planning history could be set against what was actually on the site. The report also revealed officers had scrutinised aerial photographs to check if any changes had occurred. One of the contraventions included open cattle yards having been built, farm buildings unlawfully extended, and roadways laid – all without permission.

Planning officers reported that that breach had happened in the last four years observing “the development of the farm is radically different” from what had been lawfully applied for.

Furthermore, two slurry lagoons were dug without permission, three farm buildings put up, two mobile homes and a touring caravan were sited without a proper change of use planning application, and a pitched roof extension was unlawfully added on the side of the main farmhouse.

Five notices were prepared in all against the farms owners; Henry Rodenhurst, his son Ian and the company A&A Rodenhurst.

Wychavon councillors unanimously agreed to serve breach notices on all matters, giving the farm’s owners six months to return everything contained within the notices back to the way they were.

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