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River Ebble Plan refused
PLANS to recreate and manage habitats on flood plains in Bishopstone have been refused permission following concerns that other habitats along the River Ebble would be damaged as a result.
Lady Cobham applied for planning permission to de-silt and reconnect a feeder ditch from the River Ebble on land at Croucheston Farm.
This would then be connected to a series of shallow scrapes and a small area of permanent water via a new narrow channel, which would return to the River Ebble through an existing drop board sluice arrangement.
A meeting of Wiltshire Council’s southern area planning committee held in Salisbury on Thursday heard that the aim was to improve the habitats and introduce new species.
But people living nearby said it would have a negative ecological impact if it went ahead and that a permanent supply of water to the wetland required for it to be effective would not be sustainable. The hearing also heard there are issues over the ownership of the sluice drain but Patricia Solomon told the committee that she owns it.
“I wish to state categorically that I wish the drain to remain the same as it is today,” she said. “I don’t want any excess water being pumped through my garden.”
The plans also involved the resurfacing of the rear access drive to the farm, which prompted objections from people living nearby, who said speed was a concern and that the proposed surface would not be in-keeping with the rural area.
Cllr Richard Britton said: “I tend to support the idea that really this is too important a scheme to just nod through with so many unknowns and so many potential problems and for that reason I am going to support refusal.”
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