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Boar farmer's fight for barn has begun

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: June 09, 2011

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A WEST Coker farmer is going head-to-head with South Somerset District Council this week in a last-ditch attempt to overturn a planning decision.

Paul Richards, known as Snapper, has been involved in a lengthy battle with the council over proposed buildings at Woodentop Farm.

In 2009 he applied for permission for a livestock shed which was refused on the grounds it would damage the landscape and was not necessary for the business.

In January 2010 he then applied for permission for a mobile home with a 6.5 metre tall wind turbine.

The council did not make a decision on that application during the required time, claiming it had requested more information from Mr Richards.

He appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, a Government agency, prompting a three-day public inquiry into both applications which started on Tuesday at the district council offices in Yeovil.

Mr Richards claims the buildings are essential for his business, which involves breeding wild boar.

He said: "It's a bit like I'm David and the council is Goliath, but this really is my last chance.

"I feel like I have the truth on my side, so I'm hoping for justice and fairness."

For more, see next week's Western Gazette.

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