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Well hello...it's been a while but I'm liking the revamp.

Been away with work and doing a bit of my own rebuilding and I guess that brings me to the topic in question.

Does anyone know what's going on in the fields next to the Barrett new development and opposite the road that leads out from the old Herefordshire Nature Trust building ?

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2 hours ago, greenknight said:

Well hello...it's been a while but I'm liking the revamp.

Been away with work and doing a bit of my own rebuilding and I guess that brings me to the topic in question.

Does anyone know what's going on in the fields next to the Barrett new development and opposite the road that leads out from the old Herefordshire Nature Trust building ?

We used to play in there as kids & knew it as the old caravan site for some odd reason.
The last I saw was that someone had turned parts of it into a race track for bikes/motorcyles but that was a few years back.

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Just had a walk down and it looks like they are building a road possibly something to do with the new housing that's been built off Hampton Dean road.theu are using the site next to hereford nature trust for storage and have built a temp road into it.

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Thanks Ragwert 

It's not part of the new development and I would be surprised if it's housing because that field floods regularly as it did this year even with a relatively short wet period of thaw from the snow.

Surely would have come to the attention of our eyes and ears in planning.

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I think you'll find it's a feeder road for all the HGVs going to and from the biodigester at Court Farm in Hampton Bishop. The HGVs will be able to avoid Hampton dene.

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45 minutes ago, ODT said:

I think you'll find it's a feeder road for all the HGVs going to and from the biodigester at Court Farm in Hampton Bishop. The HGVs will be able to avoid Hampton dene.

Beat me to it.
Reading up about this biodigester site it looks to have been built twice the size it should have been.

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Seems unlikely that such a large scheme on such a sensitive site can start without any checks and balances from the controlling authorities, not the least planning permission. I recall a large strawberry grower building a similar new road to serve a new caravan shanty town the size of Kington on the edge of Leominster, all without planning permission, which then took several years, and a lot of our money, to get removed through legislation (and the road remains, albeit through not such a sensitive site). The Council need to jump on this immediately - I'll be raising a query with the ward councillor.

Edit - I see that planning permission was granted in 2015, and an application was submitted in March of this year to deal with the conditions and this is undetermined. As such, the applicant is not entitled to start work and has in fact rendered his planning permission null and void by doing so. The Planning Officer is Rebecca Jenman - I urge readers to express any concerns directly to her.

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The site is being fed by 50 - 60 HGVs an hour at the moment carrying what looks like the maize type crop grown just to feed it. Thought farming was about feeding people!

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Some of this maize crop goes into the digester and some I think is made into forage for cattle over the winter. Farming is now very high tech and is not easy to keep up with all the different methods used nowadays.  As an aside remember before you start farmer bashing to thank a farmer every time you drink a cup of something and eat something!

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On 28/09/2018 at 08:06, greenknight said:

Well hello...it's been a while but I'm liking the revamp.

Been away with work and doing a bit of my own rebuilding and I guess that brings me to the topic in question.

Does anyone know what's going on in the fields next to the Barrett new development and opposite the road that leads out from the old Herefordshire Nature Trust building ?

Good to see you back. 

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Thanks Ragwert 

It's not part of the new development and I would be surprised if it's housing because that field floods regularly as it did this year even with a relatively short wet period of thaw from the snow.

Surely would have come to the attention of our eyes and ears in planning.

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Thanks very much for the replies.

Was surprised about their point of access because it floods there regularly in the winter. Sure they will take steps to prevent this but the water will only find somewhere else to go.

 

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3 hours ago, Denise Lloyd said:

This has received fairly extensive coverage in the HT this morning

Ptffff....hereford times coming here nicking our stories. :Grin:

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Thanks Ragwert 

It's not part of the new development and I would be surprised if it's housing because that field floods regularly as it did this year even with a relatively short wet period of thaw from the snow.

Surely would have come to the attention of our eyes and ears in planning.

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I think you need to look at the scale of this..is this farmer expecting to feed this thing with product from outside the county because the local impact is going to be significant!

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Court Farm is discretely tucked away at the back of Hampton Bishop. 

I know you should never judge a book by its cover but the dominant stone and large wrought iron gated entrance suggest that this is no small holding.

The heavy ground work machinery and trucks must be gaining access off the Mordiford to Bartestree road as there is still no access onto Ledbury road and I can't see a way onto land through the narrow lanes in Hampton Bishop or the road from said village into Hereford.

The developing access road must be at least a mile long so one would think that the planned returns for this type of investment are there in perhaps many different forms.

I see there was an application back in 2010 and it makes an interesting read.

As for this road evolving later into something else ...I couldn't possibly comment but will have a chat with my brief because I purchased a house near here and it did not come up in any of the searches.

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....................so where do you think the groundwork vehicles are gaining access?

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The original application (I think) stated there would be no significant impact on traffic. Yeh, right!

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13 hours ago, ODT said:

The original application (I think) stated there would be no significant impact on traffic. Yeh, right!

I can see a roundabout going in and speed limit reduced.You cannot have hgv's pulling out of there with a 60mph speed limit.

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14 hours ago, ODT said:

....................so where do you think the groundwork vehicles are gaining access?

I'm struggling to see other than perhaps somewhere on the Hereford to Mordiford Road. One Boundary is the Ledbury Road and another is the Lugg itself.

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25 minutes ago, ragwert said:

I can see a roundabout going in and speed limit reduced.You cannot have hgv's pulling out of there with a 60mph speed limit.

 

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Not wrong Ragwert but can you already feel the frustration...

I can see an extension of the 30mph city limit which will absorb the Lugg straight and in doing so merge into the limits of both Luggwardine and Bartestree.

I've used that road at 5/6 am in the morning heading East and its getting busier and trade guys in particular are having to leave earlier.

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