Futher details on Farcet Slaughter House

Farcet Parish Council contacted Huntingdonshire Planning department regarding the recent decision to refuse the planning application as it made no reference to the concerns raised by residents and the Parish Council, in particular access and highways safety, traffic generation, noise and disturbance, pollution from run off and disturbance from smells.

The following response was received:

The concerns raised by residents and the Parish Council on access and highway safety, traffic generation, noise and disturbance, pollution from run off and disturbance from smells were carefully considered by the Council in consultation with statutory and non statutory consultees.  These matters are addressed in the accompanying Delegated Report that I attach for your information.  The decision notice lists only the reasons for refusal, so it makes no mention of these issues because they did not form reasons for refusal.

I do appreciate that substantial public concern was expressed over the highway safety, pollution, and noise and odour impacts of the proposed Poultry Farm, and why disappointment is expressed that the application was not refused for those reasons.  However there are good reasons why the application was not refused for those reasons, which I will explain.

As a basis for decision making, the Council is required to determine planning applications on the evidence available and on an objective analysis of the impacts of a development.  In this case, expert consultees advised the Council that the highway and pollution impacts of the development would be acceptable or could be made acceptable through planning conditions that control or limit the development.

In terms of highway safety and traffic generation, no objections were raised by Highways officers at the District Council and County Council.  The reasons for this are explained in the Delegated Report.

In terms of noise and disturbance, pollution from run off and disturbance from smells, the proposed Poultry Farm would require an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permit from the Environment Agency in order to operate.  This is a separate process that should not be duplicated by the planning process.  In deciding whether to grant an IPPC permit, the Environment Agency will consider these impacts.  The purpose of the permitting regime is to place the highest levels of protection on the operation of the proposed Poultry Farm to safeguard the occupiers of nearby properties and the environment during operation.   This means that even if an appeal was allowed by a Planning Inspector, the proposed Poultry Farm could not lawfully operate without an IPPC permit from the Environment Agency.  No objections were raised by the Environment Agency or the District Council’s Environmental Health Officers.  The reasons for this are explained in the case officer’s report.

The Council is not duty bound to agree with the advice given by consultees, but it would need compelling evidence of its own to depart from, and outweigh, the advice given by expert consultees.  In the case of this application, whilst there was substantial public concern over the impacts of the proposed Poultry Farm, the Council has no substantive evidence of its own to demonstrate at an appeal, that the proposal would have unacceptable impacts on highway safety, noise, pollution from run-off or odour.   Therefore it could not reasonably depart from the advice given by consultees and refuse permission on these grounds.  To do so would likely lead to these reasons for refusal being dismissed as unfounded by a Planning Inspector and such unreasonable behaviour would leave the Council liable to pay the applicant’s costs in challenging an appeal on these reasons.

In terms of the reasons for refusal summarised on the Decision Notice, I can advise that a flood risk “sequential test”, if properly undertaken will likely demonstrate that alternative sites are available at a lower risk of flooding for the development in the area it is intended to serve.  The other 2 reasons for refusal are capable of being addressed by an amended application and submission of a legal agreement to pay the contribution to provision of wheeled bins.

Waste collections on 23rd December 2017

Waste collection days change during the Christmas period.

Recycling & Weekly Blue Sacks  in Farcet will be collected on: SATURDAY 23RD DECEMBER (NOT Monday 25th December)

All properties will be issued with an bin hanger which shows the revised collection days and our website and online bin calendar shows the revised dates too.


Grass Cutting Update

In recent months there have been issues with grass cutting in the Parish with varying standards.

The Parish Council has been communicating with the management at Hunts DC which we have now been assured that the grass cutting standards will improve, one of the main problems is that the Parish Council pay for 16 cuts a year whilst the County Council and Luminous pay for less cuts.

It will be an agenda item at future meeting to see whether the Parish Council can adopt the grass cutting for the whole village but this will obviously cost money. Once we have spoken to the County Council and Luminous we will be letting everyone know by newsletter and this website.

Some residents are complaining that the Parish Council is doing nothing, this is simply not the case, the latest grass cutting schedule and village plan are also available on this website.

Road Closure Notice 2017/566

ORDER 2017/566

NOTICE is given that Cambridgeshire County Council has made an Order pursuant to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991, the effect of which is to stop any vehicle from proceeding along Straight Drove (C88), Farcet as lies between Gosling Drive and Kings Delph Drove.
Access will be maintained to properties affected by this order.

The alternative route for vehicles is via Straight Drove – Wrights Drove – B1095 – B1092 – B1091 – Main Street, Farcet and vice versa.
The Order is made to facilitate electrical connection works which are being carried out on or near this highway and it will come into operation on 11 October 2017 and continue until these works have finished or on the 10 April 2018 whichever is the earlier.

It is anticipated that these works will be carried out between 11 October and 17 October 2017.
The Order shall not apply to any persons lawfully engaged in connection with any works for which it is made, any member of the Police Force, Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service, a vehicle being used by Special Forces during the execution of their duties or to any person acting with the permission or upon the direction of a Police Officer in uniform.