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/

Road Closure Burtons Lane

posted 3 May 2017, 09:59 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 3 May 2017, 09:59 ]

Welsh Water have announced a road closure for Burtons Lane from 15 to 29 May

Parish Newsletter May to July 2017

posted 27 Apr 2017, 07:15 by M Bain   [ updated 27 Apr 2017, 07:15 ]

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 May 2017 Edition is now available: Parish Newsletter

Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 9

posted 27 Apr 2017, 04:25 by M Bain   [ updated 27 Apr 2017, 04:26 ]

The Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 9 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

Cats Need a New Home - a message from Sean & Louise Ronan

posted 26 Apr 2017, 12:47 by M Bain   [ updated 26 Apr 2017, 12:50 ]

We have had an offer accepted on a house in Colwall which should proceed quickly. We have very reluctantly and, for many reasons, decided to try to re-home the cats. We do not think that we will be able to provide the sort of environment and routine that they deserve. Ideally, they would be homed separately although someone could take both. Also, ideally there should be some sort of garden and/or access to greenery.

Connie is female, born in June 2008 and black and white. She is very independent and is happy to be outdoors but also enjoys sitting on laps and purring loudly.

Then there is the legend that is Misty - grey and beautiful according to Caitlin. Also female and born in July 2009. Misty prefers being indoors.

 Both cats are fully house trained and very easy. Both are used to being outside at night. With the mild winters we have had in recent years both cats have not been inside overnight for many years.

Please let us know if you think that you or someone you know can help us in providing Connie & Misty with a new home.

Please contact us on 01531 630005 or by email on seanronan676@gmail.com if you feel you can help us re-home the cats or know someone else who may like to re-home them.

Sean, Louise & Lucy Ronan


Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 8

posted 26 Apr 2017, 10:28 by M Bain   [ updated 26 Apr 2017, 10:30 ]

The Neighbourhood Plan Bulletin 8 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

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

Panto Photos

posted 9 Jan 2017, 03:42 by M Bain   [ updated 16 Jan 2017, 10:51 by Wellington Heath Cap ]

Here are a  few photos from the WHADS Pantomime "Jack and the Beanstalk" which featured the famous adventurer Teddy Bear Grylls.
Panto 2017 Photos

Jack and the Beanstalk WHADS Pantomime 2017


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