Powys councilor given green light to build on land with no planning application

A POWYS County Councilor can go ahead and build a barn on their farm without the need for a detailed planning application.

At a council planning committee meeting on Wednesday October 5, councilors considered a request for pre-notification of agriculture by Cllr Adrian Jones.

Applications from councilors and Powys staff automatically go to the committee for decision.

Cllr Jones, who is among the 2022 newcomers in May, was elected to represent the Berriew and Castle Caereinion ward, wants to construct an agricultural storage building and all associated works at Pied House, Garthmyl, near Montgomery.

The structure will measure approximately 36.3 meters in length, 12.8 meters in width, 4.27 meters in height to the eaves to a maximum of 6.5 meters at its highest point.

The building will be used to store hay and animal feed and will be built next to an existing barn where livestock are kept.

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Planning officer Luke Woosnam told advisers the application did not need a full planning application and could be built using permitted development rights.

Planning committee solicitor Colin Edwards said: ‘In accordance with planning protocol, I have reviewed the file and confirm that the application has been dealt with as normal.’

Cllr Gareth Pugh said: “Obviously it’s only ahead of us because Adrian is a County Councillor.”

Cllr Pugh advised that when the proposal was due for a vote, he would be prepared to move that the agricultural notification be approved.

His motion was seconded by Cllr Huw Williams and the plan was unanimously approved by councillors.