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Cheddleton land could be used for rearing game birds

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 20, 2014

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AGRICULTURAL land on the edge of a Staffordshire Moorlands village could be used for the rearing of game birds.

John Pointon and Sons Ltd has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to erect 12 fowl units, including coops and outside runs, for the rearing of game birds on land at Ashcombe Park, Cheadle Road, Cheddleton.

The application site measures approximately five hectares (12 acres) and surrounds Ashcombe Hall, a Grade II-listed building and an early 19th century small country house.

A design and access and heritage asset statement submitted on behalf of the applicant states that other buildings and structures within the grounds are also listed including stables, gate piers and garden walls.

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Beyond the application site, which is located off the A520 Cheadle Road, there is residential development around Basford Bridge Lane.

The design statement said: "The planning application proposes a change of use of land and therefore does not propose development that will reduce openness.

"The pens and runs associated with the use are moveable and are designed to be regularly moved to provide fresh grazing for game birds, and to avoid the build-up of animal waste.

"The pens are not fixed to bases and are not connected to services."

It is stated that the associated pens and runs will be placed on the land and will consist of 12 units, each comprising of two linked buildings, a secure pen, referred to as a game house and a more open structure known as a shelter pen.

Both buildings will have low, corrugated sheet roofs.

The game house will have timber sheet walls with a door opening at the rear and two window openings that can be secured with solid panels.

Its overall measurement would be 5.7 metres (18 feet) by 7.2 metres (23 feet)

The walls of the shelter pen would be wire mesh above a timber plinth and would be 4.2 metres (13.5 feet) by 3.65 metres (12 feet). The pen would have an opening into a 30 metre by 30 metre (98 feet) run.

The design statement adds: "The size of the buildings, their low profile and the materials used will all have the flavour of an agricultural use.

"The proposal is not considered to harm the heritage asset."

A decision on the application is expected to be made within the next eight weeks.

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  • Estates Management  |  April 22 2014, 8:43AM

    Pointons already rear thousands of game birds on land stretching from Ashcombe to Consall. He has feeding stations in the woods all along that stretch of countryside to keep the birds from straying too far. Nobody could have missed the fact that the Churnet valley is now overrun with pheasants. How much more cannon fodder does Pointon and his trigger happy mates need?

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