December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A farm has been accused of contributing to the erosion of a 2,000-year-old road as a council threw out its retrospective plans for a series of poultry storage arcs.
Traditional Norfolk Poultry Ltd (TNP) put up ten mobile chicken arcs and three poly-tunnels to store chickens and turkeys at a site near Stow Bedon and Breckles 20 months ago.
But the company never sought planning permission from Breckland Council to install the apparatus, and planning inspectors placed an enforcement notice on the farm in October last year.
An appeal by TNP was dismissed earlier in the year, and at Breckland Council yesterday, planning committee members rejected seven retrospective planning applications for the work.
Access to the site was only available via Peddars Way, an ancient Roman road, and Bob Morpeth, of Wretham Parish Council, said HGV deliveries to the site had done damage.
“Convoys of huge wagons thundering down single lane by-ways has broken down the road surface and smashed the verges over the last 20 months.
“It’s also terrified the walkers who use that path and disturbed the peace of the people in the area.
“The Peddars Way used to be a national treasure but it’s not anymore,” he said.
TNP deny the damage is caused by its farm, with a traffic report saying thatonly two journeys a day were made to the site by staff in cars.
It said HGV traffic was travelling to nearby Watering Farm.
The site would have stored up to 21,000 birds during the winter, with 15,000 chickens joined by 6,000 turkeys from mid-August to December.
Marion Chapman-Allen, district councillor for Harling and Heathlands, said TNP’s behaviour had been “totally unacceptable.”
“It can’t be allowed to continue. The road was never intended to take heavy goods vehicles and it’s a great shame that it can’t be resurfaced but I’ll have to support the recommendation for refusal,” she said.
Jenny North, district councillor for Queens ward in Attleborough, said: “We are the guardians of that stretch of the Peddars Way and we must look after it - it’s our duty.”
Having refused the planning permission, members also agreed to continue with a full enforcement notice on the company.