Dinedor hill

LOCAL COUNCILLOR LEADS CAMPAIGN ON RETROSPECTIVE PLANNING APPLICATIONS

PLANNING DECISION RECOGNISES DAMAGE TO HISTORIC COUNTY SITE: LOCAL COUNCILLOR LEADS CAMPAIGN ON RETROSPECTIVE PLANNING APPLICATIONS.

A retrospective planning application to Herefordshire Council – made by the developer after major earthworks at Dinedor Hill had threatened the landscape and conservation setting of a Scheduled Ancient Monument – has been turned down.

Ward councillor David Summers of It’s Our County has worked for months with Dinedor Parish Council and local residents – supported by objections, including those from Herefordshire Council’s Archaeology advisor and national conservation body Historic England – to have the application refused. David has also led a campaign by It’s our County to tighten up regulations on retrospective applications where work has been done ‘under the radar’ before any granting of planning permission.

“Dinedor Hill is an important national archaeological site, an ancient hill-fort and Roman encampment where excavations have thrown up Iron Age artefacts and Roman pottery. I want to thank planning officers for their continued support, and all those who made objections to this scheme. My concerns about retrospective planning applications are shared by many people. We all think it’s a loophole that needs to be closed, and this result sends out a good signal”, said Cllr Summers. “I will now be seeking full restoration of the land to its former condition”, he added.

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CONTACT: Cllr David Summers   07934 702829

 3rd May 2016

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

For full details of the application and refusal of consent please see PA 160196: Land to the north of Maes Y Felin, Hollow Road Farm, Dinedor at:

https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/development-control/planning-applications/details?id=160196&search=160196

3 replies
  1. Tim Ford
    Tim Ford says:

    Misleading headline – for a minute there I thought you were starting a campaign, which in my view is sorely needed. I’m seeing an increasing amount of unauthorised work all over the County, mostly small scale stuff like high fences fronting the highway and advertising signs, but also some alarming work to listed buildings and so on. I’ve flagged these regularly with planning enforcement, but there the problem starts. In short, little or nothing is done and people ‘get away with it’. I’m told its ‘not in the public interest’ to pursue it. It’s a slippery slope – word gets around – don’t bother with planning, you’ll probably get away with it. Ok, so this application has been refused, but why wasn’t it stopped whilst work was in progress? You can’t reshape a hillside without people noticing it. More to the point – will the Council now move to robust enforcement action? Another point – punitive fees for retrospective applications have long been talked about – time for action?

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  2. david
    david says:

    I should correct the suggestion that Dinedor hill forte is a “scheduled” Ancient monument it is already deemed to be an ancient monument.

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  3. John
    John says:

    Scheduled is a legal term meaning that a site is on the official Schedule of ‘Ancient Monuments’ (now the 1979 Act).

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