Minutes 16th June 2015

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held in Bromsberrow Village Hall on Tuesday 16th June 2015

Chairman D Morgan
Councillors J Rann J Stephens
N Terry

Also Present D Baldwin Clerk to the Council

1. Apologies for absence -: Apologies were received and accepted for Councillors D Hunter and E Wilson.

2. To receive Declarations of Interest.
No Declarations of Interest were received at this point in the meeting.
3. Public Participation
No members of the public present wish to speak.

3. Planning Application

Site Haygrove Bromsberrow, Wood End Street, Bromsberrow Heath.
Description Erection of Polytunnels to cover Sweet Cherry Orchard
P0205/15/AG Bromsberrow Parish Council had the following comments to submit to Forest of Dean District Council

Application Form
Trade effluent box not ticked, which is it?

Times: What times will it be in operation?
Noise Emissions: What level of noise? Minimal noise stated to vague.

Full Design Access Statement
Question the Statement on:

1. Economic needs impact: Development & diversification of rural business providing local jobs. Will it?

2. Landscape & Visual Impact: There will be some, subjective views expressed in the report minimises the likely effects but are by definition questionable.

3. Residential Amenity: Location and noise level of the pump.

Water pollution: Fertiliser treatments into runoff.

Did the consultation with local people and the Parish Council take place? The PC know of no consultation taking place, certainly not with the PC.

Landscape and Visual impact Assessment
The area under polythene will be 10 times the current tunnels. This is a fundamental impact.

The Assessment is by the applicant appointed Landscape architect, the FODDC were invited to discuss the scope of the LVIA , no response was received and it was based on the author’s assessment.

The statement says that the applicant should consult with the local community prior to the submission of the application. The applicants of Grove House were consulted but whom else?

Visibility on the day of assessment was affected by the haze.

High Impact

Predicted effect would be moderate to high on surrounding area

Visible from Chase end Hill, all photographs obviously show the land without the polytunnels in place, therefore impact is difficult to assess. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Have they been consulted?

Visual impact on what was a beautiful and diverse orchard with abundant wildlife.

By the very nature of the site it will be visible to the village as it is on the top of the bank above the village.

The PC has concerns over the runoff into the pond. From the Parish Councils calculations the pond is not sufficient to cope with the runoff during heavy rain fall. From local knowledge rain exits from the orchard onto Dyke House Lane and the runoff travels down to Chapel Pitch, which floods outside the business park every time as the culvert can’t cope, also the soil is sand and during heavy rains the runoff is considerable.

It has also been noted that the original Plum trees and been removed and the cherry trees and the infrastructure are already in place well ahead of the application. Most of the work has already been done.


Meeting closed at 8.30pm