Application DM/2020/00636 - Sheep housing / general purpose agricultural building. Henrhiw Farm, Monkswood, Usk
We considered the report of the application and late correspondence which was recommended for approval subject to the eight conditions outlined in the report.
The local Member for Llanbadoc, attending the meeting by invitation of the Chair, outlined the following points:
· Concern was expressed that the ground between Henrhiw Farm and the Barns might have been separated.
· The two sheds that have been agreed were officer delegated decisions some time ago.
· Concern was expressed that the height of the proposed buildings would be excessive for a rural location and questioned whether such a building was required for sheep farming.
· The whole site needs to be re-evaluated.
· The application for the residential caravan on the site is to be located one mile away and is detached from Henrhiw Farm.
· It was considered that the bunding on the site had not been agreed.
· A section of the application site is located on unauthorised hardstanding. It was considered that the application should therefore not be approved.
· The local Member asked that the Planning Committee defer consideration of the application to undertake a full review of the proposal and hold a site inspection.
Having considered the report of the application and the views expressed by the local Member, the following points were noted:
· The existing building is being used for agricultural purposes and storage of equipment.
· The proposed new building is required as the existing buildings are not fit for purpose for the expansion of the sheep flock. The proposed building needs to be a certain height to allow for ventilation and would aid in the expansion of this enterprise.
· The enterprise is a separate unit from the main farm.
· Some Members considered that a site inspection would be beneficial before determining the application.
· Approval of the application will authorise the element of hardstanding outlined in the report.
· Sheep are only indoors for a limited period of time. Poly tunnels are an alternative option for use at lambing time.
The local Member summed up by expressing her support for a poly tunnel at the site instead of the proposed additional agricultural building.
It was proposed by County Councillor P. Murphy and seconded by County Councillor D. Evans that application DM/2020/00636 be approved subject to the eight conditions outlined in the report.
It was also proposed by County Councillor A. Webb and seconded by County Councillor S. Woodhouse that we be minded to defer consideration of applicationDM/2020/00636 to allow the Planning Committee to hold a site inspection before re-presenting the application to a future Planning Committee for determination.
The Planning Committee firstly considered the proposition to approve the application, as follows:
For approval - 7
Against approval - 7
Abstentions - 0
The vote was tied. Therefore, the Chair exercised her casting vote and voted against approval.
The proposition was not carried.
The Planning Committee considered the proposition to defer the application to hold a site inspection before re-presenting the application to a future Planning Committee for determination.
For deferral - 10
Against deferral - 3
Abstentions - 0
The proposition was carried.
We resolved that we be minded to defer consideration of application DM/2020/00636 to allow the Planning Committee to hold a site inspection before re-presenting the application to a future Planning Committee for determination.