LANDSCAPE & AMENITY VALUE

LANDSCAPE

  • No significant material changes have been made, only small changes to try and satisfy the independent reviews previously under taken by Shropshire Council & Pegasus, such as – definition of land type/correction of the definition of visual receptors/ further photos of VPs/Screening
  • The applicant states that the impact of the development is not significant on the receiving landscape and area.
  • But we believe that the site is a visual intrusion and can be seem from many different view points.
  • Since the initial application, the applicant has submitted further landscaping (over 13,000 trees and other shrubs) to try mitigate magnitude of development. Included is unsympathetic block planting which completely changes the current landscape classified as timbered pastures – a very rare type of landscape in the U.K. which should be preserved!
  • This proposal is NOT a diversification of an existing farm business (core strategy CS5)

PLEASE REFER TO THESE POINTS IN YOUR NEW OBJECTION

AMENITY VALUE

The proposed development has an impact for for walkers, horse riders, cyclists, nature enthusiasts, photographers and those taking regular exercise who all use the public footpaths and bridleways around the proposed development site.

The local area of Betton and Norton-in-Hales significantly contributes towards the local visitor economy see some examples below:

  • Annual Equestrian Horse Trials at Brand Hall.
  • Wildlife Tourism at Shropshire Photography Wildlife Hides located at Oakley Park for nature and wildlife enthusiasts:
  • A heritage and horticultural destination for travel groups at Oakley Hall Park which offers tours as part of the Historic Houses and Gardens Scheme.
  • Weddings: Oakley Hall is an approved licensed venue with Staffordshire County Council.
  • Norton-In-Hales Cricket Club whom also host wedding receptions.
  • Greenhill Farm (near Betton) – a registered site with the UK Caravan and Motorhome Club.
  • As a contributor to fringe events that take place during the local award winning Ginger and Spice Festival’.
  • Heritage tourism at St Chad’s Church Norton-In-Hales linked to the Cotton family tomb designed by England’s first significant architect Inigo Jones. St Chad’s Church is also part of the Shropshire Historic Churches Association.
  • A destination for food and drink visitor sector: both the Hinds Head Pub and Restaurant (owned by the local community) www.hinds-head.co.uk and pop-up dining experiences at Oakley Hall & the village hall.
  • A destination for recreation: cyclists– cycle network 552 and also promoted on Route 4 within the Market Drayton Cycle Rides.
  • A popular destination for walkers and ramblers.
  • Horticultural tourism visits to Shropshire’s Best Kept Village – RHS Britain in Bloom Winner.
  • Parish Festival in Norton-In-Hales and numerous off shoot events such as the Jazz in the cloisters/beer festival.
  • Heritage and wildlife walks and talks in and around the area with local and national experts.
  • Use of Local B&Bs, see Air BnB.

PLEASE REFER TO THESE POINTS IN YOUR NEW OBJECTION

Click here to read about the Impact on Oakley Hall and Park