TWO councillors will have planning applications discussed by their colleagues this week.

The planning committee meets on Thursday, July 2 and members will be looking at applications made by Councillors Gwynfor Thomas and Gareth Jones.

Applications by councillors and Powys County Council staff are always referred to the planning committee for a decision.

Cllr Thomas, (Llansantffraid – Conservative) who is also the council’s vice-chairman, has applied to change the use of a building at Pont y Pentre, near Llansantffraid, from agricultural use, to a storage and distribution facility.

The report recommends that the application is given conditional consent.

Cllr Gareth Jones (Llanfair Caereinion – Independent) has applied to discharge conditions from a planning approval he was granted last year.

In August 2019, he was given permission to double the size of his chicken farm at Rhiw Hiraeth Isaf near Llanfair Caereinion from 16,000 to 32,000 birds.

Cllr Jones is a member of the planning committee and will need to declare an interest in the applications.

The conditions for providing a landscaping scheme, details of ground levels, fencing off nearby archaeological remains, a detailed woodland management plan and hedgerow protection scheme, have all been done.

Planning officers recommends the committee approve the report and consider those conditions as “discharged”.

Cllr Jones’ second application is for a non-material amendment to a condition on last years planning approval.

He has applied to remove condition 10 of the approval, which relates to the specific hours in which deliveries are carried out.

This condition states: “All deliveries to and from site in connection to this application shall be carried out between the following hours, Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm,  Saturdays from 8pm to 1pm hours and at no time on Sundays, bank and public holidays.”

This condition had been added to the approval to protect neighbours from noise pollution.

Cllr Jones argues that the condition is not relevant as his farm is far enough away from neighbouring properties for it be an issue.

The nearest neighbours are 180 metres away from the farm.

The planning report also said that the condition was not asked for by PCC’s Environmental Health department.

The report recommends approving the changes and that it does not “materially alter” the scheme.