Agricultural building would be an ‘eyesore’ to Failand

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 June 2018

Manor Farm. Picture: Google Maps

Manor Farm. Picture: Google Maps

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Plans to build a multi-purpose farming facility have received strong opposition from councillors and people in Failand.

An application was submitted to North Somerset Council by the owners of Manor Farm, in Green Lane, to build an agricultural building to store hay, animals and machinery measuring 80ft by 40ft.

The building runs parallel to the B3128, Clevedon Road, and it has been kept to a shallow pitch and as low a ridge and eaves height as possible ‘to be in keeping with the surroundings’.

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In its design and access statement, agent David James said: “The building is necessary to ensure the safe, weather and vermin-proof storage of animal feed to maintain quality.

“This will help to securely dry store high value grassland machinery which will allow the flock of 60 ewes to be lambed indoors earlier in the year so lambs can fetch a premium price when sold.”

However, the plans have been criticised by Wraxall and Failand Parish Council and people living in the area.

At its parish council meeting, councillors objected the application as there is ‘a Tree Prevention Order in place regarding trees on the site which is not shown in the plans’.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “The plans also do not show the ridge height on the building after the ground has been made up.

“There would be a negative impact on the street scene and road safety at the site’s entrance and traffic issues are already prominent in the area.”

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Issues have also been raised by people living close to the farm who object to the proposal.

Hazel Bussey, of Clevedon Road, claimed it would be an ‘eyesore’ to the area.

She said: “This is a huge building and will be totally out of character and an eyesore in this position.

“Failand is a particularly lovely village and at the moment the traffic coming out of Green Lane is bad enough, so having extra agricultural traffic on a busy road will make things even worse.”

The parish council noted if the application is approved then measures should be put in place ‘to protect neighbours by a landscaping scheme and screening’ which ‘would also address water drainage issues’.

The final decision rests with North Somerset Council.

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