Slideshows - Update 10 Dec 2017

posted 17 Nov 2017, 05:01 by M Bain   [ updated 10 Dec 2017, 10:40 ]

Home page collageAll slideshows on the site have now been updated to the Google Slideshow format and should play properly (hopefully) no matter what Web browser you are using.

For those in the Parish with slow internet connections (like me) one small problem is that some of the larger slideshows load more slowly than in the past. The upside is that once loaded you can easily view the pictures full sceen by clicking on the square box icon at the bottom of the image.

Please let me know if you still encounter problems mikebain3@gmail.com

Proposed Traveller's Site off Beggars Ash

posted 3 Nov 2017, 05:23 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 3 Nov 2017, 05:24 ]

If you made a representation to Herefordshire Council at the time of the planning application for the Travellers' site off Beggars Ash, you should have received a notice from the Council to tell you that an appeal has been lodged against the refusal of planning permission. If you did not make a representation, or have not had a notice, you may still be interested to know what is happening.

Full details are available on the Herefordshire Council Website: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search/details?id=160238&search=160238

Clicking on Appeal on the right hand side of the screen will bring up all the relevant appeal documents.
The appeal reference is APP/W1850/W/17/3180531

Key documents are the Appellant's Statement of Case and the Original Herefordshire Planning Committee minutes where the initial application was refused. These are attached below for your convenience.

If you wish to make comments, or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so on the Planning Portal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk or by emailing mailto:west2@pins.gsi.gov.uk. If you do not have access to the internet, you can send three copies to: Lee McClean - Room 3M, The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BSI 6PN.

All representations must be received by 21 November 2017. Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned. The Planning Inspectorate does not acknowledge representations. All representations must quote the appeal reference: APP/W1850/W/17/3180531

The Travellers'site is in the Strategic Gap that has been proposed in the emerging Wellington Heath Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). This is the area between tthe village and the Parish boundary with Ledbury where the NDP proposes development would not normally be permitted.

Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 11

posted 31 Oct 2017, 04:08 by M Bain   [ updated 31 Oct 2017, 04:09 ]

The Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 11 is available as follows:

On the Village Website:Neighbourhood Plannning
On the Neighbourhood Plan Website: https://sites.google.com/site/whnpwg/plan-working-group/wrking-group-bulletins

Parish Newsletter for November 2017.

posted 31 Oct 2017, 04:03 by M Bain   [ updated 31 Oct 2017, 04:05 ]

The Wellington Heath Parish Newsletter is published quarterly.

The Editor, Marc Low (tel: 635345), is always on the lookout for interesting articles and parish news.

If anyone has any news or an amusing story/anecdote/article/photo please contact Marc on Parish Newsletter.

The Newsletter also welcomes local business advertisers. The rates are very reasonable and discounts are available for annual contracts. If you are interested in advertising please contact Jennifer Jones on 632745.

The November 2017 to January 2018 Edition is now available: Parish Newsletter

Ledbury Neighbourhood Development Plan - Regulation 14 Public Consultation Ended

posted 10 Sep 2017, 02:44 by M Bain   [ updated 1 Oct 2017, 04:58 ]

Dear fellow Parishioners

Ledbury Town Council have now ended their public consultaton on the draft Ledbury Neighbourhood Development Plan..

However you ou can view the draft plan here: http://www.ledbury-ndp.org/the-draft-plan-consultation.html

Attached is the Wellington Heath Parish Council’s response to the Ledbury Plan indicating some topics they’ve identified.


Broadband Improvements

posted 7 Aug 2017, 10:32 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 7 Aug 2017, 10:33 ]

Herefordshire Council have contracted Gigaclear to deliver the next phase of broadband upgrades in Herefordshire.

You can check when improvements might be available for your property by clicking of the following link to Fastershire: http://www.fastershire.com/

Ledbury Viaduct Development Planning Application - a Message from the Parish Council

posted 16 May 2017, 08:47 by M Bain   [ updated 16 May 2017, 08:47 ]

Please see the attached briefing sheet prepared by the Parish Council.

It comments on some of the issues relating to the Bloor Homes Planning Application for 600+ homes and 2.9 hectares of employment land North of the Ledbury Viaduct.

The note is hopefully self explanatory, but if you would like more information you could drop into the Farmers Arms on either Wednesday 17 May or Wednesday 31 May between 7:30 and 8:30pm when members of the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Development PLan Working Group will be available to try and answer your questions.

Planning Application for 600+ Homes North of the Ledbury Viaduct

posted 13 May 2017, 03:58 by M Bain   [ updated 13 May 2017, 04:02 ]

The Planning Application for the erection of up to 625 new homes (including affordable housing), and up to 2.9 hectares of employment land has been submitted to Herefordshire Council by Bloor Homes.

The planning application together with supporting documentation can be viewed on the following website:https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search/details?id=171532&search=171532

The plan proposes a single vehicular access point to the site on the Bromyard Road. (see diagram below)

Comments on the application have to be submitted by 8 June 2017.

Are Those Claims By Politicians Correct?

posted 8 May 2017, 06:36 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 8 May 2017, 06:41 ]

We hear a lot about fake news these days and post truth politics.
But are those claims by politicians and newspapers correct?

If you want unbiased information have a look at this website: https://fullfact.org/

Travellers Site Planning Application: Update Jan 2017

posted 20 Jan 2017, 10:28 by M Bain   [ updated 4 Mar 2017, 09:29 ]

Planning Application P160238/F - Land at Oak Tree View, Beggars Ash, Wellington Heath

Change of use of land from agricultural to a one family traveller site including stationing of two mobile homes, 2 touring caravans, treatment plant, sheds and associated parking/turning/hardstanding and new access.

This planning application was submitted in January 2016 to develop a caravan site for an extended family of Romany Gypsies in a small field off Beggars Ash. The site lies on the boundary of the parish and of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), just before the sign for Wellington Heath village.

Numerous objections were submitted from parishioners and from both the Wellington Heath Parish Council and Ledbury Town Council. A much smaller number of representations of support for the application were also made, but the majority were from outside the parish and simply commented on the hardworking nature and good character of the applicant family.

The main concerns of parishioners related to the adverse impact of the development on the landscape and AONB. We did not want our wish to establish a strategic gap of open countryside between the village and Ledbury, as confirmed by consultations on our Neighbourhood Development Plan, to be ignored. The proposal was contrary to the existing pattern of development and would have stood out as an undesirable and undistinguished collection of caravans or mobile homes in a sensitive and high quality landscape. There would be a need to import a large volume of fill material to level the site and construct the entrance track that would destroy existing habitats and permanently change the nature of the site. Other concerns were expressed about the site lighting, sewage disposal arrangements, access, removal of hedgerow and the traffic hazards along Beggars Ash.

One further issue that was raised by objectors was whether the applicant family could still be regarded as travellers under the terms of the Government’s definition in its policy document Planning Policy For Traveller Sites and as established in case law.

Lobbying of members of the Planning Committee was undertaken on all of these issues prior to the meeting to decide the application.

Herefordshire Council’s planning officers clearly had difficulty in preparing a report on whether or not the application for planning permission should be approved. The application finally came before the Council’s Planning Committee on 18 January 2017 with a recommendation for approval.

At the meeting, a member of the Parish Council and a representative of the objectors spoke against the application and urged the Committee to refuse it. Our Herefordshire Ward Councillor, Liz Harvey, gave a powerful but well balance speech that ended with a request for refusal.  These speakers proved influential and after a good debate the Committee refused planning permission.

This may not be the end of the matter as the applicant has a right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate so we need to be vigilant and prepared to fight on. It also shows the importance of formally adopting our Neighbourhood Development Plan as soon as possible in order to protect that area of countryside.

(Contact details for the planning officer Mr Fernando Barber-Martinez can be found on the Herefordshire Council website together with information about the planning application:  https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200142/planning_services/planning_application_search/details?id=160238&search=160238

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