A RESIDENT in Tetchill, outside Ellesmere, believes an application for changing the use of land at a farm from agricultural to tourism would not benefit the village.

A proposal has been placed in front of Shropshire Council – and is currently open for consultation – for the change of use plus the siting of two extra log cabins to include parking and associated works on land at Winston Farm.

It has been made by the farm owner Stephen Jones, who previously had permission granted for three log cabins in 2018.

An ecological report, undertaken by a company called Arbor Vitae, says the site lies adjacent to the Shropshire Union Canal while the surrounding area is arable and grass fields with mature managed hedgerows and boundary trees.

A general search for badgers, bats, otters, breeding birds and great crested newts was also undertaken, with no current evidence of any on the site.

However, a Miss S Cooper has objected to the application.

In a letter to Shropshire Council, with added pictures, she insists the proposal does benefit the village and will cause flooding issues.

"I have never know this field to flood," she said.

"Placing buildings there will just make the water run down the bank and cause more flooding to the field, which in turn floods the road.

"We have an area of road, just up from the entrance, which floods already.

"The does not have any footpaths and the street lights end at the 30 mile-per-hour signs. People walking with children and dogs are taking their lives in their own hands.

"We do not have a shop, pub or even a post office therefore no economical benefit to the village or its villagers – just Mr Jones."

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposal can do so at https://pa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-application and searching 21/01670/FUL.

The consultation closes on Tuesday, May 11.