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Councillors vote against Woolley Valley development

Councillors vote against Woolley Valley development | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
Councillors have voted unanimously to refuse planning permission for further development on a controversial poultry farm in the Woolley Valley.
Golden Valley Paddocks had submitted five applications...
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The Swainswick Shadow

The legend of the mysterious Swainswick shadow. There have been many sightings of the ghostly figure wandering restlessly through Swainswick and the neighbou...
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Another new GVP planning application for Woolley Valley

Another new GVP planning application for Woolley Valley | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
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“Given that these are small, low timber-clad structures for agricultural purposes, entirely appropriate in the countryside and similar to other such units on nearby farm units, it is not considered that the units have any significant landscape impact. Moreover, Swainswick valley has been used for the grazing of livestock (sheep and cows) for many years. It is this use of the land which has produced the distinctive character of the local landscape over many generations. It is essential that the applicants have some shelter for the cows, sheep and goats and there is no other building or structure which is both suitable and available to meet this need”.

 

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Woolley Valley proposal approved

Woolley Valley proposal approved | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
A three year row over a farm development in Bath has drawn to a close.
At a meeting of the Development Control Committee councillors voted to support Golden Valley Paddocks who were seeking...
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A total disgrace - we went to the High Court to sort this matter out before!!!

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Woolley Valley planning row could be drawing to a close

Woolley Valley planning row could be drawing to a close | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
A three-year row over a farm development in Bath could be drawing to a close.
Enforcement action is going ahead against some development at a poultry farm in the Woolley Valley, including the removal...
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Concert event 'was cursed' say angry fans

Concert event 'was cursed' say angry fans | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
Organisers of a "cursed" concert held at Swindon Town's County Ground on Saturday night have refused to give any refunds after a series of problems led to a flood of complaints.The two-night...
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The same Harry Kerr as is behind GVP...(?)

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Woolley Valley on Radio Bristol 6 June 2013

BBC Radio Bristol interviews with the various players in the Woolley Valley dispute: Golden Valley Paddocks (the developers), BANES (the local council), SWVA...
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Local Government Lawyer - Buildings or structures - the Woolley Chickens case

Local Government Lawyer - Buildings or structures - the Woolley Chickens case | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
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New farm plans at controversial site in Woolley Valley face rejection - This is Bath

New farm plans at controversial site in Woolley Valley face rejection - This is Bath | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
This is Bath New farm plans at controversial site in Woolley Valley face rejection This is Bath Golden Valley Paddocks, which runs a farm in Woolley, has submitted five applications to Bath and North East Somerset Council to legitimise changes it...
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New plans for farm at centre of controversy - This is Bath

New plans for farm at centre of controversy - This is Bath | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
New plans for farm at centre of controversy This is Bath Owner Golden Valley Paddocks has applied for retrospective planning permission for some of the work it has already carried out at the site at Woolley, as well as asking to build new storage...
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Planning Objections to the 5 new applications in Woolley, Bath

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Save Woolley Valley website

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The Battle is Back On  Woolley nr Bath - FIVE new planning applications by the developer despite the high court ruling

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Victorian Day Trip (photos) | Swainswick School

Victorian Day Trip (photos) | Swainswick School | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
Home › Online Hallway – Class 3 › Victorian Day Trip (photos). Victorian Day Trip (photos). [Show as slideshow] · DSCF1420. DSCF1421. DSCF1422. DSCF1423. DSCF1424. DSCF1425. DSCF1426. DSCF1427. DSCF1429.
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All the men from Woolley returned home from WW1

All the men from Woolley returned home from WW1 | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
With so many casualties it seems unthinkable that some villages in our region saw ALL of their soldiers return from the fighting. In the west there are 9 of these 'Thankful Villages' as they're known - 7 in Somerset and 2 in Gloucestershire - on top of these there are also 3 'Doubly Thankful Villages' where all of their soldiers also returned alive from fighting in the Second World War. One of these is the village of Woolley near Bath where villagers gathered this morning to pay their respects.
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Does this firm have farming at its heart? ; Letters - Bath Chronicle, The | HighBeam Research

Golden Valley Paddocks (GVP), the company behind the ongoing
development and five refused... | Article from Bath Chronicle, The December 9, 2010
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Local Author Goes Online - twice in one week! - Cotswold News

Local Author Goes Online - twice in one week! - Cotswold News | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
Local Author Goes Online - twice in one week!
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Club gets go-ahead to stage live music concerts

Club gets go-ahead to stage live music concerts | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
SWINDON Town have agreed a deal to stage concerts at the County Ground worth a seven-figure sum each year to the club, chairman Jed McCrory has revealed.
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Another Harr Kerr venture... (of GVP and Woolley Valley fame)

Tetbury-based Avalon is run by 56-year-old chartered accountant Harry Kerr, who was recently linked with a proposed bid to acquire Portsmouth, and claims on its website to currently have more than 15,000 clients and £275million of assets under administration.

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Chicken farm in Woolley Valley faces enforcement action

Chicken farm in Woolley Valley faces enforcement action | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
Owners of a poultry farm are facing enforcement action after failing to secure planning permission.
Golden Valley Paddocks, in the Woolley Valley, has been told to it has to remove ten poultry units,...
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Houses 'better than green fields': Minister's explosive claim as he unveils new plans to concrete the countryside

Houses 'better than green fields': Minister's explosive claim as he unveils new plans to concrete the countryside | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
Nick Boles says the Government is determined to speed up the rate of house building, despite opposition from countryside groups.
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Martin Goodall's Planning Law Blog: Buildings or structures - the Woolley Chickens case

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R (on the application of Save Woolley Valley Action Group Ltd) v Bath and North East Somerset Council | LexisWeb

R (on the application of Save Woolley Valley Action Group Ltd) v Bath and North East Somerset Council | LexisWeb | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
Free legal content from LexisNexis Butterworths: All England Reporter Cases - R (on the application of Save Woolley Valley Action Group Ltd) v Bath and North East Somerset Council - [2012] All ER (D) 25 (Aug)...
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Bath poultry farm's controversial expansion plans into Green Belt look set to ... - South West Business

Bath poultry farm's controversial expansion plans into Green Belt look set to ... - South West Business | Save Woolley Valley | Scoop.it
Bath poultry farm's controversial expansion plans into Green Belt look set to ...
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10 Reasons to Object To 5 New Planning Applications in Woolley Valley nr Bath

Dear Save Woolley Supporter

 

The fight is now on. We need every single person we know to “object” to the new planning applications.

 

In brief:

5 applications have been submitted (follow this link to see them)(2 applications that the new ones supersede have been withdrawn)Objections must be submitted by 6th March so please send your objections ASAP to allow them to be processedOne letter/email can cover all five applicationsEach objection will be counted so spread the word and ask all your family and friends to object. Numbers matter.You can use whichever of the clauses below that you feel are relevant (see sample letter).

 

Crucial:

To be counted, your letter must use the word “OBJECT”

 

 

WHAT NEXT: use the sample letter below (or go to this link to see further reasons to object.)

 

 

Sample letter...

 

To:

 

Bath & North East Somerset

Planning Services

PO Box 5006

BATH

BA1 1JG

 

(or e-mail: development_control@bathnes.gov.uk)

 

PARCELS 2866 AND 0005 WOOLLEY LANE – PLANNING APPLICATIONS 12/05660/FUL T0 12/05664/FUL (5 OFF)

 

I am writing to object to the 5 planning applications submitted by Golden Valley Paddocks for development in the Woolley Valley.

 

My reasons for objection are:

 

This is an exceptionally beautiful valley on the outskirts of Bath in the Green Belt and Cotswolds AONB. The unauthorised developments are extremely harmful to the tranquillity and visual amenity of the valley.

 

The very special quality of the Woolley Valley is confirmed by the Article 4 Direction which removes permitted development rights. This is the only agricultural land within the whole of B&NES to have this additional protection.

 

The pre-existing open stock barn which has now been converted, without permission, into an enclosed egg packing facility with office attached, is totally out of place in this rural location. It has the appearance of a light industrial unit.

 

The application for a temporary agricultural worker’s dwelling has already been refused 3 times. There can be no justifiable requirement for a temporary dwelling since the site is only a few hundred yards from large areas of housing in Larkhall.

 

The proposed additional agricultural building is of a significantly greater height than the existing light industrial unit, will be clearly visible and will detract from the rural character and natural beauty of the Green Belt and AONB.

 

There is no practical requirement for the stock pond, which is not a natural feature in the landscape and which already appears to have fallen into disrepair. Far from enhancing the local ecology, it is likely to harm it.

 

The farm track, which runs the length of the site, is claimed to be covered with soil and grass to make it blend into the landscape. It is not.  This track, the large additional area of hardstanding created adjacent to the egg packing facility and the two feed silos add significantly to the overall visual harm.

 

The site has generated a great deal of additional traffic involving huge lorries which are totally unsuited to Woolley Lane, a narrow single track rural lane. 

 

Worst of all is the harm caused by the 10 “mobile” chicken sheds. These huge structures are highly visible from all points around the valley and are an eyesore. One single unit on its own would be insupportable, but the combined harm caused by the 10 units is completely unacceptable.

 

This sensitive valley is suited to grazing of cattle and sheep, as was the practice before GVP acquired the land. It is a totally inappropriate location for an intensive livestock installation involving thousands of ducks.

 

I most strongly urge B&NES to refuse all 5 applications and to follow refusal with swift enforcement action to have the chicken sheds, mobile home and associated paraphernalia removed and the site returned to its former condition.

 

Yours etc….

 

 

Please make sure you include your name and address – your comments won’t be accepted if these are missing!

 

 

 

A very big Thank You for your help and support.

 

 

 

 

Robert Craven

01225 859909

http://savewoolleyvalley.co.uk/ - our website

http://www.scoop.it/t/save-woolley-valley ; - our online magazine

 

 

 

 

PS Who could you forward this on to right now? Just hit the ‘forward’ button now and enter their email address

 

PPS More reasons to object are available at http://savewoolleyvalley.co.uk/uploads/Planning_Objections_Feb_13.pdf

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Woolley Valley | Bath Preservation Trust

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thisiis from lat year's campaign

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