‘Visit shed before giving permission’

Kathryn Holloway.
Kathryn Holloway.

The owners of a Grade II listed building are calling on councillors to inspect their neighbour’s new cattle shed before granting it retrospective planning permission.

Kathryn Holloway, of The Grange, in Ravensden, made the plea ahead of Bedford Borough Council’s planning committee meeting on Monday (February 24).

She said: “The shed that has been built is nearly a metre taller than was permitted, and dominates The Grange and Grange Farm Cottages.”

She added the barn sits on top of a vast man-made soil hill, for which planning permission was never granted.

“We calculated about 11,000 tonnes of soil were transported last summer. But we have no idea how stable this soil is,” she added.

The retrospective application for the shed at Grange Farm, Sunderland Road, Ravensden, was submitted by Cording Allen Partnership on behalf of EF Wootton and Son.

Managing partner Ian Cording confirmed it seeks permission for the shed to be 0.82m higher than was approved, for the construction of the soil mound, and for more soil to be added.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said it is awaiting further details regarding construction and drainage, to be given to the planning committee. She added: “The committee has the discretion to defer for a site visit. This will be decided at the meeting.”