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Ex-councillor continuing fight to save his Alvington home over planning row

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

Ex-councillor continuing fight to save his Alvington home over planning row

Alastair and Moira Fraser's home near Alvington

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AGGRIEVED former councillor Alastair Fraser is continuing his battle to keep his home.

He lost a planning appeal last month against Forest of Dean District Council’s decision not to award retrospective permission for the wooden chalet-style house he and wife Moira live in on farmland at Alvington.

Part of his appeal was based on the need to be near his animals at Severnwye Farm, where he runs a llama trekking business and wild boar sanctuary.

He is now pointing to a similar set of circumstances at a farm in Hartpury. The owners there were granted retrospective planning permission in 2008 for a temporary home, with the welfare of animals there, particularly horses, cited as a key part of the application.

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However, the district coucil – on which Mr Fraser used to serve as a Conservative member – said it was more complex than that.

“It’s made me really angry,” Mr Fraser, 74, said. “On that farm there are six horses, whereas I’ve got many, many more animals than that. I’m not planning on going anywhere but I don’t think it will get to the point where they have to drag me out.”

Mr Fraser is refusing to budge, despite being given 12 months to get rid of the home after the appeal, heard by a government inspector.

He said he is considering his next steps.

A spokesman for Forest of Dean District Council said: “The site at Hartpury had a complex history. The planning merit of the case for accommodation on the site was considered at a planning appeal determined in 2004. The inspector concluded there was sufficient merit in the development to give it a permission for a temporary period.

“The application referred to by Mr Fraser was for a further extension of that temporary period to allow the profitability of the business to be demonstrated.

“Ultimately both the Hartpury case and Mr Fraser’s case were considered by appeal inspectors.

“Had Mr Fraser considered that the schemes were comparable, it was open to him to provide evidence to that effect to the inspector who considered his appeal.”

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  • Lecorche  |  February 05 2014, 10:14AM

    Maybe a change of use would be a better result. Turn it into a barn by knocking out the interior and letting the animals use it exclusively.

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  • daveofglos  |  February 05 2014, 7:59AM

    Why do people think they're beyond the laws and regulations? He clearly knew Planning Permission would be necessary and he should have followed the procedures. Why give people 12 months to restore the site? Surely it only takes a week to demolish!

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