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RR/2021/2005/P - 5 Eatenden Lane
Single storey and part two storey side extension.
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RR/2021/2164/P - 3 Church Cottages, Church Road
Construction of replacement garage/car port
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The deadline for responses to RDC is 02.11.21.  MPC have asked for an extension to this so the applications can be considered at their meeting on 09.11.21.

 

RR/2021/2035/P - Serenity, London Road
Ancillary building to the main house comprising of bin store, bike store, general storage, equipment storage and a covered car park space.
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RR/2021/1996/P - The Old Vicarage, Mountfield Court
Conversion of existing coach house to create a workshop, store and guest suite.  Construction of oak frame single garage with shed and store.
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RR/2021/1997/L - The Old Vicarage, Mountfield Court
Listed building consent for above application (RR/2021/1996/P)
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Deadline for responses to RDC is 19.10.21
These applications will be on the agenda at the MPC planning meeting on 12.10.21.

Very pleased to let you know that the Battle Ramblers have started their walks programmes again.

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RR/2021/1825/P Keepers Cottage, Mountfield Lane
Two-storey rear extension, demolition of existing porch, internal alterations.
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RR/2021/1826/L Keepers Cottage, Mountfield Lane
Listed building consent for above application.
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RR/2021/1907/P Johns Cross Café (Land at)
Outline: replacement of existing self-storage containers and construction of buildings for self-storage (Class B8), along with parking, landscaping and use of access to the A21, with access considered.
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Deadline for responses - 12.10.21.  These applications will be on the agenda at the MPC planning meeting on 12.10.21.

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Forestry England are starting coppice work in September in Darwell Wood.  The details, from Forestry England, are below

I am writing to inform you of the coppice work that will be starting in September at Darwell and should run through until December.

Here’s a summary of what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve.

The coppice rotations are based on small coupes (< 2ha) being felled each year, using a ‘little and often’ system designed to create rotational open space which will benefit a number of species of butterfly and other invertebrates across the woodland. Birds which benefit include nightjar in the open stage, and once the natural regeneration matures to thicket stage, it will provide quality habitat for Schedule 41 species such as nightingale, turtle dove, cuckoo and willow warbler.

Brash will be cleared (raked and put into neat dead hedges or chipped and removed from site) to allow light to the forest floor and reduce the nutrient content encouraging the growth of wildflowers amongst the sapling stage natural regeneration.

Veteran trees and standing deadwood identified within the operational area will be retained for their conservation value. The ride management rotation will start to bring connectivity to the woodland which will be particularly beneficial for butterflies.

The areas selected for this year’s work have been prioritised as they are populated with dead or dying Ash as a result of Hymen scyphus Fraxinus (Ash dieback). It is important to remove the trees in the interest of safety as well as ensuring they still remain a marketable crop.

The intention is to stack the timber at roadside in small quantities – 30 m3 or 60m3. This will allow for greater competition in the market, enabling offers from buyers who may only be able to purchase in small quantities. Sales will take place as and when adequate quantities have been put to roadside.

Due to the site being Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland the approach to restocking will be natural regeneration.

In regard to safety. I have informed the Rights of Way team about the work and the footpaths likely to be affected. Warning signs will be at entrances to the site. Site users are asked to follow the safety instructions and to keep well clear of harvesting machinery.

If you would like any more information, please get in touch with jadie.baker@forestryengland.uk

Location Darwell Coppice 2021

Operation Map Darwell Coppice 2021

Many of you have contacted me and MPC Members worried about the British Gypsum tree felling.  It is all in order and done to preserve the woodlands.  Our Tree Warden, Nick Betts, has emailed me giving details - see below:

I walked past this afternoon, been away for a while so missed all the action, BG have thinned the plantation, it’s a recognized forestry management operation. Basically, making space for the better trees to reach maturity whilst removing the weaker trees as a first crop, it looks drastic at first but releases a lot of light to the forest floor which should result in an increase in ground flora for a number of years before the remaining trees mature to final crop. They have also removed a lot of ash suffering from ash dieback.

Kind regards 

Nick 

We are very sad to announce that John Snuggs died yesterday.  John joined the Parish Council in 2015 and resigned in 2021.  John was well known for his walks around village, almost daily, checking up on things that needed reporting to Highways and RDC.
MPC will be making a donation to a charity of his family's choice in memory of John and his contribution to Mountfield
Our sincere condolences to Susan and the family.