LATEST NEWS :: March 2018

Appeal update

The latest appeal for intensive poultry units at Bage Court Farm has been dismissed. This is the third planning application, the third appeal at this site in as many years, the third application to be dismissed at the appeal. Click here to view the Appeal Decision

This appeal was on the grounds of non-determination i.e. saying that the Council planning department were taking too long to come to a decision. GVAG submitted an extensive response to the appellants 'Statement of case'; all the documents that we have submitted can be viewed on the council website here.

This outcome is good news for our local economy, tourism, the Golden Valley environment, and all those groups up and down the Golden Valley who volunteer to make the locality a place of vibrancy, interest and welcome. It is also very good news for the process of Parish Council Neighbourhood Planning.


Spring 2018

We have started a JustGiving page! Anyone who feels that they would like to support our work towards establishing the Golden Valley as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and helping local projects and sensitive development which will sustain a viable rural economy, can donate below. Thank you.

Set among the rolling hills of west Herefordshire, the Golden Valley is one of the most arresting landscapes in Britain. But proposals to build two giant broiler-chicken sheds on a farm in the rural parish of Dorstone have raised fears that the valley could soon become dotted with industrial-sized bird factories.
— Tom Bawden, The Independent | Friday 22 May 2015

...Herefordshire, like other county councils in the region, scarcely seems to care. How many broiler units has it approved? Who knows? Searches by local people suggest 42 in the past 12 months. But in December the council claimed it has authorised 21 developments since 2000. This week it told me it has granted permission to 31 since 2010. It admits that it “has not produced any specific strategy for managing broiler unit development”. Nor has it assessed the cumulative impact of these factories. At Bage Court Farm, as elsewhere, the council has decided that no environmental impact assessment is needed.
— George Monbiot, The Guardian | May 19th 2015

We are a group of people living in and around the parish of Dorstone. 


The Golden Valley Action Group is made up of predominately local people, living in close to or who have strong links with this area. We include local farming families and people who have lived here for more than 50 years. We are concerned that the trend towards any intensive livestock rearing activity will damage our local economy, pollute the environment, scar the beautiful landscape and be detrimental to local amenity. We have worked hard as a voluntary community group, since 2014 fighting three separate planning applications for Intensive poultry units at Bage Court Farm.


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The broiler threat

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