January 13, 2011
Animal Farm's expansion plans turned down by district council
Proposals to expand a popular Berrow tourism attraction have
this week been rejected by district council planners, who claim
the project would adversely affect the surrounding countryside.
Animal Farm in Red Road, Berrow had applied for full planning
permission to build three new attractions in time for the summer
tourist season including an animal-themed carousel, animal adventure
boats, a water-based playground.
Sedgemoor District Council's planning department has this week
turned down the application, claiming it would adversely impact
Case Officer Rebecca Miller explained: "The proposed development
would create undue visual impact from public vantage points."
"It would detract from the character and appearance of the
countryside and would not maintain or enhance the environment
contrary to guidance contained within Planning Policies and the
Sedgemoor District Local Plan."
Berrow Parish Council said it had no objections to the proposals
when it first considered them last year.