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.

August 2016 Update


Mix: 1 - 1%     ::     Supporters: 5 – 4%     ::     Objectors: 107 – 95%

There is still time to submit your responses to the egg production facility application.  
To view the application online and make your response, please go to the Herefordshire Council Website here.


Please read the formal objection, submitted by the
Golden Valley Action Group to the
Egg Production Facility application here. 



Dorstone Parish Council votes 4:2 against the development proposal.

A new application for an egg production shed at Bage court, Dorstone.

This application for an egg production shed (76m X 19.5m and including the surrounding aprons more or less the same size as a football pitch) is in the same place as the previous proposed broiler sheds.  Although it is smaller, it still imposes many of the same issues regarding air and water pollution, recurrent smell, noise, extra traffic and unsightly landscaping costs to local communities.

To view the application and supporting documents the Parish Council will be displaying hard copies of the application in Dorstone Village Hall on Saturday 9th July between 2.30 and 4.30.

To view the application online, please go to the Herefordshire Council Website here.

Appeal dismissed

Message from the Golden Valley Action Group concerning the proposed development of Chicken Broiler sheds at Bage Court.

The appeal against the decision by Herefordshire Council to refuse planning permission for two Poultry sheds at Bage Court has been dismissed by the Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to consider the case.

The Inspector fully supported the reasoning of Herefordshire Council and concluded that the proposed development would be at the expense of the environment as the scheme would detract from the landscape character of the area and its biodiversity, and it would also lead to deterioration in highway safety.

The Golden Valley Action Group would like to thank all members and others who took the time and trouble to write to Herefordshire Council and the Planning inspectorate to express their views on this scheme, in particular Tim Rogers for all his work in leading the GVAG efforts over the past twelve months.

GVAG will remain ‘live’ to ensure that the local community can continue to enhance and protect the wonderful environment of the Golden Valley.

Appeal is approved

The appellant has taken the Council’s decision to refuse planning at Bage Court to appeal.

For details of the appeal go to:

and on right hand side of the page: Relevant Documents, Appeal. It should be top of the list of the current 13 appeal documents.

If you have trouble with the above hyperlink, either cut and paste the address into explorer search or just go to the HCC planning page and put P143343/F into the planning application search and select the one result that comes up.

There is not very much new evidence put forward by the appellant. However, if what is said means that you want to add to or change your previous objection, you should let the Planning Inspector know. His details are:

Mr R Nash, Room3/09, The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN. Or you can email him at

The reference to use is APP/W/1850/W/15/3129896

Any communication has to be received by the inspector by 11 September. If you can only submit by letter, you need to send three copies.

Please do not contact the inspector if you have nothing new to say. He will have been given copies of all the representations already submitted to HCC

There will be a response to the statement of case from Herefordshire CC and on behalf of the GVAG, both of which will be published in due course on the planning portal at:

It is likely that the response from HCC will not be available for public inspection until after the submission deadline of 11 September.

Currently, decisions are taking approximately 2 months.

Awaiting Appeal

Supporters will be aware that Hereford County Council refused planning for this application on several grounds. However, we have always assumed that there will be an appeal to the Planning Inspector and we will update everyone shortly.