Super dairy would 'spoil views from Powis Castle'

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Richard Jones

THE National Trust are opposing plans for a “super dairy” in Powys because it could spoil the view from Powis Castle.

National Trust chiefs say farmer Fraser Jones’ proposed 1,000 dairy unit at Lower Leighton Farm could have a “significant visual impact” on Powis Castle in Welshpool.

The National Trust added: “The building was designed to have a commanding view over the Severn Valley.”

But Frazer Jones said other farm buildings and factories could already be seen from the castle.

He also says that he intends to plant trees to screen the dairy in the village of Leighton, and he has employed an architect to illustrate what his building would look like from Powis Castle.

If planning permission is granted Mr Jones’ milking parlour would be one of the first of its type in Wales and could house up to 1,000 cows.

His proposal has received support, but it has also been criticised by some local people and animal welfare charity, Compassion in World Farming.

The National Trust, which runs Powis Castle, is now opposed to the development as well.

A spokesman said: “The National Trust has objected to the proposed development of a ‘super dairy’ at Lower Leighton Farm because of its potentially significant visual impact on the setting of the land and buildings in our care at Powis Castle.

“The castle and gardens were designed to have a commanding view over the Severn Valley at Welshpool – views that are enjoyed by some 110,000 visitors every year.

“Despite proposals to screen the new buildings with trees Powis Castle is in an elevated position and we do not believe this will reduce the visual impact to an acceptable level.

“Consequently we suggest that the development should be refused.”

Mr Jones said: “I have employed an architect to draw an impression of what the building would look like from Powis Castle, close up and from a distance. It shows what the trees would look like from year one to year five. I am set to pass these details to the National Trust.

“I plan to plant trees to shade the development and that would be one of my first jobs.

“But various other farm buildings and factories can already be seen from Powis Castle and they've been there for years.”

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