Committee defers cow shed decision

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A decision on the future of a massive cattle shed has been deferred by councillors.

The shed, at Grange Farm, in Ravensden, contravenes the planning permission granted by Bedford Borough Council by standing 0.82m higher than was allowed, atop a man-made soil pile for which permission was never granted.

Councillors visited the site on Sunderland Hill prior to the meeting at the request of the farm’s neighbour Kathryn Holloway, who lives in Grade II listed, The Grange.

She wanted them to appreciate the scale of the project and the impact it has had on nearby properties and their grounds.

She said: “We give credit to the councillors for coming to see for themselves and refusing to simply pass the development. If it had been rubberstamped, it would have set a precedent for abuse of planning regulations across Bedfordshire.”

Retrospective planning permission for the shed and soil mound, and a request to extend the mound, was considered by the planning committee on Monday (March 24) but it has deferred its decision as it requires more information from the applicant EF Wootton and Son.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesman said it is expected the information will be submitted in time for the planning committee on April 24, when “the committee may be able to make a decision”.