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19/P/00580 | Erection of two buildings, laying of hardstanding, associated engineering operations (consisting of the areas of hardstanding, a new track, a retaining wall and ground levelling) and change of use from agricultural use to mixed use agricultural and equestrian use, following demolition of agricultural buildings (part retrospective application). | Highlands Farm, Portsmouth Road, Ripley, GU23 6EY
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Send Parish Council, 28 Send Road

Comment Date: Mon 10 Jun 2019

Objection



The Parish Council objects strongly to this application and requests a visit from the Planning Officer to the site.



The applicant has failed in two previous planning applications but has gone ahead with the building and then applied for retrospective permission.



The Council is very concerned about the apparent lack of genuine content and information provided together with a complete disregard for the planning process. The application for retrospective permission is only partial as one area of the site has been sectioned off.



Planning enforcement has been involved and work stopped but only briefly. (EN18/00104) There has also been another enforcement on the mobile home and creation of a cess pit (EN18/00428)

Planning permission for the mobile home was refused but it is currently being used as a dwelling with lights and people seen on a daily basis



There are a number of inaccuracies in the plan and these are detailed below:-

1. Access

The application states that access is from two points. This is inaccurate as the access from Send Marsh Road does not belong to the applicant and therefore cannot be used. The access from the Portsmouth Road is along a track for which permission is required. It is unsuitable for use for business purposes.



2. Change of Use

The application states a change of use from agricultural to mixed agricultural and equestrian use. The site is being used for commercial purposes and there is little evidence of facilities for equestrian use ie stables



3. Size of buildings

There is a significant increase in the floor area of the buildings not a reduction as stated in the application



4. Hardstanding

The application states that there was hardstanding around the barn previously but the barn was surrounded by grass and bushes. The amount of hardstanding does not fit in with an equestrian business but is more suitable to commercial





The Council also objects on the following grounds:-



Buildings

The buildings are not equivalent to barns as they are commercial structures much larger in size and are inappropriate in the Green Belt. They are also unsuitable for the usage described as they are not agricultural buildings and they are not suitable for equestrian purposes. They are currently being used for the storage of vehicles.



View

The farm is situated on a hillside and can be seen from a wide area. The buildings have ruined the view from all sides including the lake. This is contrary to Policy D4 of the Guildford Local Plan which states that development should integrate well with the natural, built and historic environment; respect important public views and help create attractive new views and vistas

Ripley Parish Council, Ripley Council Office

Comment Date: Tue 21 May 2019

Ripley Parish Council objects to Planning Application ref 19/P/00580. The works in this proposal have been carried out without seeking prior approval. There are many discrepancies within the application:

? The barns which have been erected are being used for the storage of vehicles and not for equestrian use

? The application site lies within the 5km buffer "zone of influence? of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA, and as such could affect local important biodiversity or geological conservation features

? No details are given for the disposal of waste or foul water

? The development that has already taken place has resulted in a net gain of floorspace

The height and scale of the new buildings are inappropriate in the green belt. The application does not demonstrate that the development would not be inappropriate in the green belt. The site is the subject of current Enforcement Case EN/18/00428. The mobile home is still in situ and this application does not address its installation retrospectively. Any application for planning permission should be refused until such a time as the mobile home has been removed.

Environmental Health Officer

Comment Date: Wed 08 May 2019

Planning Consultation - 19/P/00580

Erection of two buildings, laying of hardstanding, associated engineering operations (consisting of the areas of hardstanding, a new track, a retaining wall and ground levelling) and change of use from agricultural use to mixed use agricultural and equestrian use, following demolition of agricultural buildings (part retrospective application) - Highlands Farm, Portsmouth Road, Ripley, GU23 6EY

Environmental Health has no objection to this application or comments to make.

08-05-19



Julie Oates

Environmental Health Officer

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Surrey County Council Highways & Transportation Department

Consultation Date: Thu 06 Jun 2019

Stephen Cake

Consultation Date: Tue 07 May 2019

Geoff Monck

Consultation Date: Tue 07 May 2019

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Consultation Date: Tue 07 May 2019

SCC SuDS Team

Consultation Date: Thu 06 Jun 2019

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