Robin Page's Country Diary (Weekend, 21 January) carried the tangled tale of Sarah Jenkins' smallholding, Mayfields. Somewhere in untangling the story, it seems Mr Page has been provided with the wrong facts about the Health and Safety Executive view of the risks involved.
Broadlands District Council used the HSE online tool for generating advice to planning authorities. In most cases this does not advise against developments, but for Mayfields it did. We always offer to discuss these cases if they arise and we did so here. We agreed that the advice was anomalous and we offered to discuss the application further with the Council. We made it clear that we saw no need to advise against the planning application. Sanity and common sense prevailed.
Director of Hazardous Installations