THE owner of a farm in Ellesmere have applied for retrospective planning permission for a sewer for a drainage field on their premises.

The application, under Section 73A of the Town And Country Planning Act 1990, is to cover the building of a new drainage field for existing off-mains sewer system for Lee Hall Farm.

The application, submitted by Berrys on behalf of applicant John Hearn, is for the sewer which was built to replace a septic tank at Lee Hall.

A supporting statement from Berrys said: "This planning application has been submitted with respect to a recently constructed foul drainage field, serving an existing off-main sewer system for Lee Hall.

"Previously, the sewer system at Lee Hall discharged from an existing septic tank to an existing watercourse located to the south of the property.

"Under the Environment Agency’s ‘General Binding Rules’ for off-mains sewer systems, septic tanks are no longer permitted to discharge to watercourses and non-compliant systems were required to be addressed by January 1, 2020.

"Consequently to the above, the householder at Lee Hall has addressed their non-compliant system by diverting the existing outfall from the property’s septic tank into a new drainage field, which has been designed and constructed in accordance with the Building Regulations for England Part H and BS 6297:2007."

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The application also states that Mr Hearn was 'unaware of the need for planning permission for this work', therefore needing the retrospective application.

The applicant will find out by November 17 whether this plans have been accepted.