Wychavon News Update- Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

Pupils become ‘litter warriors’ in anti-litter fight

School pupils across the district are taking on the litter louts thanks to free education sessions funded by Wychavon.

More than 500 children have already taken part in Covid-19 Secure outdoor anti-litter sessions since the scheme launched in mid-March. They learn about why littering is anti-social, the damage it does to the environment and the risk it poses to wildlife.

Pupils also take part in a litter pick with an added challenge to hunt out the oldest bit of litter they can find. The prize so far goes to a pupil at Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore who found a crisp packet dating back to 1981.

Teachers are also given a lesson plan to run follow-up sessions and are encouraged to sign up for the Wychavon Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking scheme, so pupils can continue to keep their community clean and tidy.

The sessions are run by local company Little Litter Warriors and funded as part of Wychavon’s anti-litter campaign. Every school across the district will be offered the chance to host at least one session per class every year.

Sharon Casswell, Client Services Manager for Wychavon District Council, said: “It is fantastic to see so many children getting involved in learning about the damage littering causes and doing something about it by signing up to become part of our Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking team. They are setting a fantastic example to others who I hope will be inspired to follow their lead and start putting their rubbish in the bin.”

Karen Blanchfield, Director of Little Litter Warriors, said: “This is an exciting opportunity educating pupils through schools on the impact of litter pollution. As a litter heroes ambassador for Keep Britain Tidy, I am passionate about educating children on why they should take individual responsibility with their litter decisions and why it is important to dispose of this litter responsibly.

“The litter pick practical sessions are a great way to engage the children in a fun outdoor litter hunt that brings to light just how long a piece of litter has remained in the environment. The teacher classroom sessions allow the children to share their ideas on how they can implement Wychavon’s Adopt a Street initiative to help manage the litter around their school community. I am delighted to be working with Wychavon who are investing in the environment for future generations.”

Schools in the district can book their free session by visiting www.wychavon.gov.uk/littering and following the link.


Caption 1: Pupils from Cleeve Prior Primary School cleaned up after taking part in one of our litter prevention sessions.

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Caption 2: Pupils from Upton Snodsbury C of E First School took part in one of the sessions and are now part of Wychavon’s Adopt a Street scheme with a commitment to look after the footpaths around the school.

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Caption 3: Pupils from Abbey Park Middle School in Pershore where a crisp packet dating back to 1981 was found.

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Following the sad passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a Book of Condolence for Worcestershire has opened online.

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The Book of Condolence is open for residents to pay their respects and show their love and support for the Royal Family.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, traditional physical books of condolences are not being made available for people to record their messages.

As an alternative, you can leave your message by following the below link. Your message will be shown on an online book of condolence and it is anticipated that the content of the online book of condolences will eventually be retained as part of the historical records at the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.

Here is the link to the Online Book of Condolence

If you are unable to leave a message via the online book of condolence or are unable to ask a relative or friend to complete on your behalf, please call 01905 765765 select option 9 and a member of staff can complete the online form on your behalf.

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The Book of Condolence will close at 8am  on Sunday (18 April)






Reason for restriction: Carriageway PatchingThere is a need to close the highway in the following terms:-

  1. The effect of this Notice is that no vehicle shall proceed along that part of the highway from its junction with C2270 Long Lane to its junction with B4082 Main Street
  2. This provision shall continue in force for a maximum of 5 days, however, it is anticipated that it will remain in force for 1 day commencing 8 April 2021.

Alternative routes: – Diversion Route B4082 Main Street, A44 Abbey View Road,
A44 Wyre Piddle Bypass, A44 Wyre Piddle Bypass, A44 Evesham Road,
C2012 Throckmorton Road, C2270 Long Lane and vice versa.

Wychavon District Council – Let’s get back to supporting traders safely

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Let’s get back to supporting traders safely

‘Let’s get back to supporting local traders safely’ is the message from Wychavon ahead of the next stage of the country’s lockdown easing road map next week.

From Monday, 12 April non-essential retailers, hairdressers and other personal care services can reopen. Pubs, restaurants and cafes will also be able to serve people outside and outdoor attractions, like zoos, can also reopen.

To support the reopening Wychavon has developed its ‘Let’s get back to supporting local traders safely’ campaign, which encourages people to get out and back local businesses but to remember to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.

Residents are being advised to remember the following while out shopping or using other services:

  • Keep a safe distance from others, including when queuing
  • Wear face coverings indoors (unless legally exempt) and properly so they cover the nose and mouth at all times
  • Sanitise hands when entering a business and try not to touch products unless intending to buy them
  • Pay by contactless if possible
  • Try and shop at times when shops are likely to be less busy and continue to make use of their delivery and click and collect services
  • Follow the rules on group mixing when using outdoor hospitality


Car parking will continue to be free in Wychavon’s pay and display car parks for now but on-street parking restrictions will apply. Rules allowing most non-essential retailers to open from 7am until 10pm Monday to Saturday have also been relaxed.

Wychavon has so far spent £44million supporting businesses through the last 12 months of lockdowns and disrupted trading. Several million more will be paid out under the new Restart Grant scheme, offering payments of up to £6,000 for non-essential retailers or £18,000 for hospitality and leisure businesses, is due to go live shortly.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “Every business that has closed their doors has played a vital role in getting this virus under control in our district. Now it’s time to repay them by getting out on to our high streets and supporting local traders. You can support them not only by giving them your custom but also by following the rules. This will help keep people safe and a lid on the virus so we don’t have to go through any more damaging lockdowns.”

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC NOTICE- (Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle) (Temporary Closure Order) 2021



Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (As Amended)

(Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle) (Temporary Closure Order) 2021

Proposed Order: to close Footpaths PS-564, PS-565, PS-566(part), Pershore, PV-530, Pinvin and WP-508, Wyre Piddle for their entire length in order to allow works to be carried out on construction of a new road.

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises having a frontage to the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the necessary works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: No alternative route.

The proposed Order will continue in force for a period not exceeding 6 months or until the works which it is proposed to be carried out have been completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the Order will only be operative for 6 months commencing on 1 May 2021

CLICK HERE TO VIEW Plan Temporary Closure – Pershore-Pinvin

Pause to remember lives lost to Covid-19

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Pause to remember lives lost to Covid-19

The Leader of Wychavon has paid tribute to the inspirational spirit of the district’s residents ahead of the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday (23 March).

Cllr Bradley Thomas said many lives had been saved because of the actions people had taken over the last year. He added the strength and determination of Wychavon’s communities to support each other had been inspirational.

The National Day of Reflection marks the one-year anniversary of the first national lockdown.

It is being spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie as a way of encouraging people to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives of everyone who has died from Covid-19 and other causes. People are also being encouraged to reach out to those bereaved who may have lost someone to the virus, or to another cause, and have been unable to mourn properly because of coronavirus restrictions.

Official figures show 266 people in Wychavon have so far died where Covid-19 has been mentioned as a cause on the death certificate.

Residents are being asked to pause at midday on 23 March for a minute of reflection and to take a moment to reach out to someone bereaved. At 8pm people are being asked to shine a light from their doorstep or from their window, in memory of those who have died and those bereaved.

Cllr Thomas said: “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to every single person who has lost someone due to Covid-19, and also to those who lost loved ones due to coronavirus or for other reasons, but were unable to say goodbye or to grieve properly because of the restrictions.

“I am humbled by the amazing dedication of our local NHS, who have saved hundreds of lives through their actions. I am also grateful to all our residents who themselves helped to save many, many lives by staying at home and staying apart from each other, no matter how hard that was and continues to be.

“To those businesses that have played their part by closing their doors despite the hardship it has caused, I say thank you and promise we will help you rebuild.

“We are not out of the woods yet. We must be cautious as we come out of lockdown, but there are better times ahead.

“On Tuesday I urge everyone to pause at midday to reflect on how much we have been through this last year, remember lives lost and loved ones still grieving, and pledge to continue to work together as we rebuild from this pandemic.”

Wychavon has produced a short video to mark the anniversary of the first national lockdown, using items submitted to the Wychavon Covid-19 Memory Bank. Visit our Facebook page from 23 March to view it.

Public Meeting to discuss the Walsh Mushroom Farm on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom


Pinvin says NO! to the Mushroom Factory

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The Walsh Mushroom Factory will be considered by Wychavon Planning Committee during April, but are they listening to us?

Join our Zoom meeting and let them hear that we are saying NO! to this blight on the village of Pinvin.


We are planning an information campaign and organising protests so that the media and the planners can see we are serious about this.

Be at the meeting and let us know your views and your ideas.


Tuesday 23 March 2021, 7.30pm


Details of the meeting are also on the Parish Council website pinvin.org.uk, and the village Facebook Noticeboard.


To join the meeting


Meeting ID: 718 197 0587

Via phone: 0203 481 5240 or on mobile 02034815240,,7181970587


Pinvin Parish Council 18 March 2021

Flag flown to mark Commonwealth Day 2021

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Flag flown to mark Commonwealth Day 2021

The Commonwealth flag has been raised by Wychavon District Council to mark Commonwealth Day 2021.

This morning (Monday 8 March), as the flag was raised outside the Civic Centre in Pershore, it became one of more than 1,000 other Commonwealth flags being raised in the Commonwealth countries around the world.

Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year and is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the values of peace, democracy and equality that the Commonwealth stands for.

The theme this year is centred around the same theme as last year which is: ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’.


This theme highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals, like fighting climate change, promoting good governance and boosting trade.

Cllr Robert Raphael, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: “Wychavon is showing its support for Commonwealth Day by flying the flag outside the Civic Centre. The flag represents the strong bond and connection between the district and the communities across the Commonwealth”.


Visit www.thecommonwealth.org/commonwealth-day for more information about Commonwealth Day.

Consultation on SWDP Review sustainability appraisal

Consultation on SWDP Review sustainability appraisal

A public consultation has started on an important document supporting the development of new homes across South Worcestershire over the next two decades.

The sustainability appraisal sets out how sites and policies in the revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) balance economic and social factors with protecting the environment, which is officially referred to as sustainable development principles.

Where it is not possible to meet sustainable development principles, the sustainability appraisal explains how the impacts can either be lessened or achieved with certain changes.

The document was first published in autumn 2019 alongside the preferred sites for development in the revised SWDP. In response to the thousands of comments received to that consultation, and to take into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sustainability appraisal has now been updated and is out for consultation again.

The consultation runs from 1 March to 19 April and people can have their say by visiting www.swdevelopmentplan.org where they can read the document in full and respond to the online survey.

The consultation is not considering proposed sites for development or polices in the revised SWDP. Comments submitted on these subjects will not be considered.

A further round of consultation on the plan overall is expected to start in October 2021 when the first draft of the revised SWDP is published. It will then be submitted to the Secretary of State in February 2022 for independent public examination, which is expected to take place later that year.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Chair of the SWDP Joint Advisory Panel, said: “The updated sustainability appraisal is an important document which shows how we will meet the requirements for new housing and economic development, while balancing our responsibilities to the environment and helping to tackle climate change.”

Visit www.swdevelopmentplan.org for more information.

The revised SWDP sets out how a Government requirement to build another 14,000 new homes across Malvern Hills District, Worcester City and Wychavon District by 2041 will be met. This is on top of the need for 28,400 new homes by 2030, more than half of which have already been built, set out in the current plan.


Planning Reference 20/02906/FUL – Land North of Allens Hill Pinvin- Pinvin Parish Council Planning Response (submitted 18th February 2021)

Planning Reference 20/02906/FUL

Location: Land North of Allens Hill Pinvin

Provision of Mushroom Growing facility (51,637 sqm), including six agricultural growing blocks (81 poly tunnels); central building including Manager’s Office, cold room, canteen, toilets, showers & changing facilities; cold store and packaging building; Workshop and Machinery Storage; Farm Managers essential rural workers accommodation; floor mounted PV panels (0.227 ha); 6x Dock Levellers; Water Treatment Plant; 2no. Water Tanks; security gatehouse; provision of 122 parking spaces; balancing pond incorporating wetland habitat; associated hard and soft landscaping (including landscape bunds); security fencing, and associated infrastructure. Vehicular access will be taken from the A44. Application to involve the diversion of public footpaths (515C and 502C).


1. Introduction

a. The Walsh Mushroom proposal is for a large Mushroom Growing Facility of over 13 hectares to the west of and close to the residential rural village of Pinvin.

b. The development forms a significant agro-industrial plant by a large supplier of mushrooms and the UK and Irish markets on land that is currently under agricultural use.

c. The planning application contains proposals to alleviate the serious environmental impacts caused by the site, but in fact further raise the prospects for harm to the residents of Pinvin.

d. Pinvin Parish Council strongly objects to the building of what is effectively a large industrial plant on the very doorstep of the village.

2. Planning Policy

a. Policy SWDP 2 ‘Development Strategy and Settlement Hierarchy’, states:

“The open countryside is defined as land beyond any development boundary. In the open countryside, development will be strictly controlled and will be limited to dwellings for rural workers (see policy SWDP 19), employment development in rural areas (see SWDP 12), rural exception sites (see SWDP 16), buildings for agriculture and forestry, replacement dwellings (see SWDP 18), house extensions, replacement buildings and renewable energy projects (see policy SWDP 27) and development specifically permitted by other SWDP policies.

The production methods make no use of the land on which they are situated, and do not rely on their surroundings for any input to the process.  All input material for the growing of mushrooms is brought into the site, and all output and waste product is taken off site.  The conclusion therefore is that this is an industrial development that should be subject to the tests of planning succession which clearly have not been followed here.  The Parish Council suggests the site has two factors which make it appealing to Walsh’s, cost of the land, and convenience of transport.

b. The site is situated less than 200m from residential properties in Pinvin, 200m from Pinvin Middle School, and just 120m from Pinvin Middle and First School playing fields. These sites will be impacted by noise from the site, by visual impact, both landscape and lighting, and most importantly by air quality and odour. The impacts are significant and do not result in a small conflict to the adopted policy as asserted in para 5.3 of the PS.

c. Paragraph E of SWDP 8 states

In addition to the sites allocated specifically for employment uses, the provision of employment land and the conversion of existing buildings to support job creation throughout south Worcestershire will be supported providing the development supports an existing business or new enterprise of a scale appropriate to the location

The site occupies a 13.12 hectare (32.4 acre) site very approximately one third the size of the occupied land within Pinvin.  The gap is only 120-200m between the site and the village.  It is thus not of a of a scale appropriate to the location and thus contrary to SWDP8.

It is difficult to see how any reasonable person would countenance this proposal of a scale of inappropriate to the location on land very close to the village of Pinvin, and the Council objects to this application.

3. Air Quality and Odour

a. Research indicates that particles (greater than 30 μm), responsible for most dust annoyance, will largely deposit within 100 m of sources. Intermediate particles (10-30 μm) can travel 200 – 300 m27. Consequently, significant dust annoyance is usually limited to within a few hundred meters of its source. Smaller particles (<10 μm) are deposited slowly and may travel up to 1 km;

The assessment recognises that “the overall sensitivity of the surrounding area is considered to be medium with regards dust soiling.”

The site is situated less than 200m from residential properties on Main Street, 200m from Pinvin Middle School, and just 120m from Pinvin Middle and First School playing fields. The effect of lower air quality, including mushroom spores and dust, will be on children’s health, and particularly children who may have breathing difficulties.  This combined with having the odour from mushrooms and compost around you for over a quarter of the time is not acceptable.

b. The proposal speaks of seeking to reduce air pollution by ‘constant monitoring of air quality’ and the use of appropriate stack heights. The company’s website refers to the stack height of one of their plants being increased to 50 meters (165 feet) to ameliorate problems with air quality. A tall stack will be a severe intrusion on the visual amenity of the area.

c. The key method of controlling dust/bioaerosol emissions according to the AQ and Odour Assessment is “good process and site design and subsequent housekeeping.” This is not something that Walsh Mushrooms have a good record for, for example being fined £60,000 is 2015 at their site in Evesham for environmental failings.

d. The assessment claims that “The Site is located in a rural location. Odours from farming practices are therefore not uncommon in the area.All farming round Pinvin is arable, therefore the incidence of odour is infrequent and not persistent

e. The odour emission assessment assessments were conducted at sites approximately one third of that proposed, and therefore are not representative of this site. They also depend on the opinion of a single assessor, albeit professional, which is hardly objective.  They try to claim that the incidence of odours is not significant as a result of on-site activities and thus no mitigation is necessary.

f. The assessment relies on results from odour complaints data received from a number of Councils across the UK where smaller mushroom farms are situated. This has been selective as for instance complaints of smells have been received by Babergh District Council of odours originating from Capel Mushroom at Capel St Mary.  The Council’s Environmental Protection team has produced substantial evidence of previous complaints which demonstrate that odours do arise from the site to a degree that residents have been compelled to report to the Council.

g. It seems likely that there are odours that will emanate from the site, and with the wind direction lying between WSW and WNW for 27.2% of the time over the past 5 years there will be an impact on any receptor lying to the east of the site.


Pershore Met Station – Percentage of Time wind blowing from:
Direction 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
WSW 11.95% 14.61% 12.72% 12.05% 14.92%
W 6.47% 10.79% 7.56% 8.52% 7.01%
WNW 5.44% 8.16% 4.24% 6.36% 5.29%
Total 23.86% 33.36% 24.52% 26.93% 27.22%


4. Landscape

a. The site subject to this proposal is on land to the west of the village of Pinvin. The land is situated on level ground, which slopes away towards Pinvin crossroads such that the site has a most obvious impact from the crossroads themselves and from residential properties on the south end of Main Street.

The proposal assesses the Local landscape character area as

“… agricultural land. Whilst Pinvin village is within proximity it is separated from the site by open pasture and arable fields, typically enclosed by hedgerow boundaries. The immediate local character of the study site is influenced by the adjoining busy roads and active agricultural context.”

Since there is less than 200m between some parts of the village and the 7m high building of the site it is hardly separated by open pasture, and brings a major industrial site within the village.

b. Once the site is operational the assessment assumes that views of the site will be blocked or filtered (you will see it but with an occasion tree in the way?) by hedgerows around the site. Hedges are typically 3m high, with occasional taller trees, and the growing tunnels are 7m high, with the ventilator on top of this.  The site will clearly be obvious from the village, especially at the south end and of premises situated to the west of Main Street

c. The impact will be of a major industrial site located on agricultural land just metres away from the schools and residential properties.

5. Lighting

a. It is disappointing that the consultants undertaking the lighting assessment did not visit the site “due to the lack of street lighting on the main A44. As the site doesn’t have any buildings present, the only artificial light in the area would be from passing car head lights

b. The application proposes that lighting on the site should be to classification E3. That is inappropriate to a rural setting and will have effects similar to premises on the industrial estate on Abbey View Road where the lighting interferes with the enjoyment of properties on Abbey View Road and is visible in the village beyond the schools.

c. The site is composed of many the plastic tunnels with their highly reflective surface and curved structure, as opposed to a shed which has limited variety of reflective surface and angles which has not been considered in the assessment.

d. The likely effects of the proposals are an increase in sky glow, light spill to the surrounding area, and an increase in the light ‘glare’ which will have an effect the visual comfort of local residents. The only remedy suggested is the selection of appropriate lighting, without being specific, and good practice. However good practice soon gets forgotten in the day-to-day running of a factory, and we believe that some form of planning condition will be necessary.


a. The implication of the water management statement is that beside rainfall on the site, there will be 720 m3 of water (1,200 m3 less the 480 m3 used in the growing process) to be drained from the site. This is proposed to go the across the A44 to the ditch which leads to the headwall by Byrher on Allens Hill, and then down to Bow Brook, or alternatively to feed into the ditch next to the track to the caravan site and thus to the ditch on the north side of the A44.  As the EA flood map shows this area is liable to flooding, and some considerable work would be necessary to alleviate this.

The WRS drainage engineer consider the proposals unacceptable and require further work.  We would question whether the drainage engineer has taken into account the additional 720 m3  of water.

b. The proposal is to connect to a foul water sewer located to the south east of the site within the existingA44 (Allen’s Hill) carriageway, STWL have indicated that a connection would be acceptable. However the system as it exists cannot cope with addition drainage. There is risk of flooding from the Severn Trent pumped storage scheme which is situated next to/under Pinvin crossroads, and local residents on Allen’s Hill and Main Street still complain that there toilets back up during heavy rain despite the pumped storage scheme.


a. The proposal contains a forecast for a max of 52 HGV movement a day. They claim they will be evenly spread throughout an 8 hour day and therefore an average of 7 per hour.  They are more likely to be over 4 hours, therefore the average would be 13/hr, with a max 50% high, say 20/hr.  We are told that “There will be no requirement for HGVs to route through Pinvin itself.” 

b. The proposal is silent on whether they would tractor and trailer combinations would route hough Pinvin, which leads the Parish Council to conclude that they would. Considerable community anxiety has already been expressed about the quantity and speed of traffic through the village with a pinch point outside the local schools. Pinvin has a Middle School, a First School and a Pre-School along Main Street and there is considerable congestion at the start and end of the school day.  To add to that mix further large vehicles containing used compost would not be reasonable.

c. The maximum daily number of movements is given in the proposal as 76, but far from being spread over 8 hours as suggested in the proposal they are more likely to be concentrated in 5 hours, which means 15 movement per hour. Tractor and trailer combinations are similar to HGVs, and in fact are very similar to articulated lorries in size and noise.  A recent survey carried out by the Parish Council showed 220 HGVs travelling through the village of which 74 were articulated lorries or tractors.  This number would double!

d. If permission were to be granted we would seek that planning conditions would be imposed to prevent the use of the B4082 by HGVs serving the site, to ensure that vehicles serving the facility kept to the speed limit especially near the school with consideration given to the possibility of a 20mph area.

8. Noise

a. The vehicle and machinery movements will create considerable noise pollution. Additionally the boilers and ventilation fans for the envisaged tunnels will be operating on 24 hours, 365 days per year. Measures to mitigate this noise level will not be able to eliminate all noise pollution in a quiet rural location.

9. Other Matters

a. Walsh Mushrooms has a current packaging facility at Evesham. Should planning permission be granted for this site then at some point, in the near future, economic considerations would suggest the amalgamation with and expansion of the site leading to a large industrial area in a present greenfield area.

b. The proposed plans for the site show a 10.5m gateway and track with footways either side which is labelled “Right of way for farmer (access back to main road A44)” A right of way is not necessary as described since access is available via the track from the field that has access next to the attenuation ponds, and via another gateway to the A44 nearer to Pinvin crossroads. A farmer certainly does not need footway for agricultural vehicles.

c. The track is obviously for a different purpose, and it seems probable that a proposal for a caravan site to accommodate workers at Walsh’s is intended.  In that circumstance a proposal should be brought forward at this time so that residents of Pinvin can properly consider the impacts this development will have upon the village.

10. Conclusion

a. Pinvin Parish Council strongly objects to the building of this “Mushroom Growing Facility”, otherwise known as a Mushroom Factory on the basis that it does not comply with SWDP 2 and SWDP 8.

b. Should Wychavon decide to approve the application despite the objections that have been raised, the Parish Council would seek to be consulted over planning conditions covering air quality, emission of odour, lighting of the site, drainage, transport routes and noise.