Chippenham Mead village green saved from development

30 August 2012

The Welsh Government has not given consent for an application from Monmouth Sports Club to erect a large covered shelter on Chippenham Mead village green, Monmouth, in connection with the sporting activities there.. The club applied to the Welsh Government for permission to construct the works on the village green having obtained planning permission.

Mr Stephen Jones of the Welsh Government planning division concluded that consent could not be granted because the green is subject to a scheme of management; therefore works could not be allowed unless Monmouthshire County Council removed that part of the green from the scheme. In addition, Mr Jones gave an informal decision on the application on its merits and resolved that it was unacceptable because the works appeared to be for private use and would not assist the enjoyment of the green by the public for exercise and recreation, and they would be a further visual intrusion on the green.

We consider this to be an excellent result. We said that the proposed large shelter would be an intrusion on this pleasant open space, and its use in connection with formal sporting activities was incompatible with a village green which exists for informal recreation.

Chippenham Mead is a much-loved open space in the heart of Monmouth and it deserves proper protection.