Grain store plan refused by council

A FARMER’S bid to build a grain store near Idridgehay has been refused after it was said it would be “a blot on the landscape”.

Ian Jones applied to build a portal frame agricultural building on land east of Wirksworth Road, approximately 250m north of the junction with Barnsley Lane.

The proposed building measured 30metres by 15metres, and 9.7m high, with a floor area of 450sq metres, and would also have been used to store vehicles, machinery, equipment and fertilisers for use on the land.

Mr Jones’ agent said the location was chosen so it would have the least possible impact on the landscape, where the field is at its lowest level, with screening provided by the mature fir trees and the raising in height of a hedge.

He added additional trees would be planted on each side of the entrance gates.

Planning officers at Amber Valley received 13 letters of objection from residents, who claimed the proposal was not in keeping with the current landscape and was “far too big for the valley”.

Idridgehay, Alton and Ashleyhay Parish Council said the application did not differ from a previous one which was refused on the grounds of impact on environment and road safety. It added it would be “a blot on the landscape”.