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Villagers raise concerns over plan to build ‘dominating and unnecessary’ farm building in Callow End near Worcester

A PLAN to build a storage building on a farm will be decided by councillors after neighbours objected to its size saying it would ruin the views of a village.

Several villagers have spoken out against the proposed building on land off Jennett Tree Lane in Callow End near Worcester over fears it would be too big and unsuitable.

The building would be used by Grant-Smith Agricultural Partnership to store machinery and livestock feed.

The plan will be decided by Malvern Hills District Council’s planning committee at the request of local councillors Tom and Kathy Wells. The council’s planning officers have recommended the plan is approved when councillors meet next Wednesday (May 6).

Eight objections were made against the plan and four more after the plans were amended and public consultation was extended.

Objectors said the size of the building was out of proportion to the land it would sit on, was unnecessary and would dominate views around the village.

The council said the previous application, which was rejected in 2018, had failed because Grant-Smith Agricultural Partnership had failed to show that any local farmers needed another building and there was no agreement in place to show anybody would be using the building if it was built.

Council planning officers said the application had passed tests to show it was necessary and the building would be used and occupied if it was built but its size, design and impact on neighbours still had to be looked at by councillors.

The revised plan shows the building would be moved to ease fears it would “dominate” views in the area.

In the report, due to be discussed by Malvern Hills District Council’s planning committee next week, officers said the latest design of the building would be suitable and size of the building appropriate.

Powick Parish Council has said the plan should be rejected as the field around the proposed building was too small when compared to the building.

Officers at Worcestershire County Council said it would not affect the nearby public right of way.

 

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