Council rejects plans to build two homes in place of farm buildings

PUBLISHED: 12:10 03 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:19 03 June 2019

The agriculture building at Glen Farm. Picture: Stokes Morgan

The agriculture building at Glen Farm. Picture: Stokes Morgan

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Plans to demolish two buildings on a farm and replace them with housing have been rejected by North Somerset Council.

Glen Farm, in Abbots Leigh, wanted to replace two agriculture buildings with two four-bedroom homes on its land.

It submitted two separate planning applications which garnered eight objections on the council's online planning portal, with concerns raised around being out of character in the area, noise levels, parking and access.

Abbots Leigh Parish Council did not oppose the plans.

The application site, in Sandy Lane, was not within a designated conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty and there were no tree preservation orders on the site.

In its decision, a planning officer said their was 'insufficient information' to support the plans.

They said: "Insufficient information has been provided to enable to establish whether the proposed development complies with all of the conditions, limitations and restrictions.

"The authority is therefore unable to establish whether the proposal constitutes permitted development and the application has therefore been refused.

"In particular, the authority has not been able to establish whether the existing building is structurally sound, and the proposed works will be limited to those items which are permitted development.

"Details of the extent of necessary repairs, rebuilding and proposed materials are lacking and there is no structural survey to demonstrate the buildings are capable of functioning as houses and will not need rebuilding."

Glen Farm said the plans had 'no material impact on highway safety' and it felt 'the conversion is a form of sustainable development which would make the most efficient use of the site'.

Planning officers also sited protected species as a major factor in turning down the plans.

The report said: "The building has potential to be used by bats and wild birds and the developer has not provided an adequate protected species survey.

"There is, therefore, insufficient information to assess whether the proposal will result in the deliberate capture, killing or disturbance of bats.

"The development is poorly defined and therefore it is not possible to assess whether it is acceptable in terms of its design and external appearance."

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