CRITICS of a plan to site a knacker’s yard and horse incinerator in the Valley of the Racehorse claim there are glaring inaccuracies in the plans.
But the applicant’s agent states these are due to technical misunderstandings.
J Passey and Son wants to relocate its facility, currently on the Turnpike industrial estate in Newbury, to the site of the former Wessex Saw Mill in Great Shefford.
A similar proposal was refused by planners in March last year after attracting more than 300 representation letters from the public.
The new application states that the proposed site is not at risk of flooding.
However, residents will recall that the area has suffered repeated flooding in recent years (pictured).
The application also states that the site is not within 20m of a watercourse, although one is visible on Google Earth satellite images.
The situation was further confused when the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) group, which objected to the previous application, said it would not do so this time because there were no proposals for a horse incinerator on site.
In fact, the application does propose such a facility.
North Wessex Downs AONB planning advisor, Rebecca Davies, said: “There are some contradictions in their statement and the floor plans do not indicate an incinerator yet the cross section does.”
She said she was waiting for clarification before lodging final comments with planners.
Chaddleworth Parish Council chairman Grahame Murphy, a staunch critic of the proposals, said: “It beggars belief. This area has flooded in 1995, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. There is also a watercourse running right past the site.”
But Laura Cox, a spokeswoman for the applicant’s agent, PRO Vision, said: “These are technical issues which are dealt with in the fine details of the application.
“The site has not been identified as a flood risk according to the Environment Agency. Nor is there a nearby watercourse as defined by the Environment Agency.”
Regarding the provision of a horse incinerator, she said: “Yes, plans for an incinerator are included but this will be sited internally so you won’t see the flue.”
Chaddleworth Parish Council will hold a public meeting tonight, Tuesday, December 6, at 7.30pm and the applicant is expected to be represented there.
Meanwhile the application can be viewed in full, and commented upon, by visiting the planning section of West Berkshire Council’s website and using the reference 16/02954/FUL.