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Farmer builds 30ft wall of hay to ‘annoy neighbours who blocked his planning permission’

A farmer has been accused of bullying villagers after dumping 30ft high stacks of hay bales near their homes.

Richard Barton, 44, is said to have left 30 tons of hay on trailers in Ockbrook, in Derby, in order to create an eyesore for his neighbours.

He was apparently annoyed with them after he had a planning application rejected to run a waste processing site in the area.

Peter Shaw, 55 and wife Helen, 50, can see nothing but hay bales from their garden in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire, 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ??500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

Peter Shaw, 55 and wife Helen, 50, can see nothing but hay bales from their garden in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire (Picture: SWNS)

GV of the hay bales from the Shaws bedroom window in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire, 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ?500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

The hay bales from the Shaws’ bedroom window (Picture: SWNS)

GV of the hay bales from the Shaws bedroom window in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire, 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ??500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

Another picture from the bedroom window (Picture: SWNS)

Peter Shaw, 55, who lives with his wife Helen, 50, on Cole Road, has urged Mr Barton to move the hay, which was dropped off by a truck last Thursday.

He said: ‘He’s just a bully. It’s about ten metres from my home – if they were to fall then they would destroy my garden.

‘I thought they were a fire risk but the fire brigade said to me they’re not a fire risk.

‘The farmer has been trying to put a planning application through now for the past eight years.

‘He wants to create a site to process waste.

‘The application has been rejected not just by ourselves but by the whole village.’

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Andrew Dale, 61 and wife Gillian, 59, can see nothing but hay bales from their garden in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire, 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ??500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

Andrew Dale, 61 and wife Gillian, 59, have also been affected (Picture: SWNS)

GV of the hay bales from the Dale's garden in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire, 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ??500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

The hay bales from the Dale’s garden (Picture: SWNS)

GV of the hay bales in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire, where residents have been left shocked by a huge stack of hay bales dumped right next to their homes. 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ??500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

The hay bales in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire (Picture: SWNS)

He wasn’t the only one annoyed.

Andrew Dale, 61 and his wife Jillian Dale, 59, have also been affected by the hale bays at their home on Cole Road.

Mr Dale added: ‘It’s just mindless spite and there’s not much we can do. This has nothing to do with his farming – its all about the planning application.

‘We feel like he’s looking for loop holes. The last time we had a conversation about it he threatened to rip my hedges out.’

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GV of the farm where the farmer is allegedly running some kind of waste processing site already in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire. 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ??500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

A picture of Richard Barton’s farm (Picture: SWNS)

GV of the farm where the farmer is allegedly running some kind of waste processing site already in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire. 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ??500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

Another picture of Richard Barton’s farm (Picture: SWNS)

From left: Helen Shaw, 50, and husband Peter, 55, with neighbours Andrew Dale, 61 and wife Gillian, 59, can see nothing but hay bales from their garden in the village of Ockbrook in Derbyshire, 15 August 2018. See NTI story NTIBALES; Villagers have been left stunned after 30 tonnes of hay bales were left towering above their homes. The 30ft-high stacks were left in a field adjacent to the back gardens of ??500,000 detached properties. Resident Peter Shaw, 55, noticed the bales which were left stacked behind his house on Cole Road, Ockbrook, Derbys., last Thursday (9/8). The villagers believe they were put there deliberately after a planning application by a farmer to run a waste processing site was rejected. Mr Shaw and his wife Helen, 50, moved into the home in 2004, and say they have never had a problem with the famer, Richard Barton, before. But Mr Shaw, who works in the motoring trade, says the bales are a potential fire risk.

From left: Helen Shaw, 50, and husband Peter, 55, with neighbours Andrew Dale, 61 and wife Gillian, 59 (Picture: SWNS)

A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: ‘The storing of these types of bales is done safely and responsibly across the whole of the country and as a result.

‘There is no cause for concern relating to this type of storage in its current state.

‘If in the future the situation changes and this poses a risk of fire, then the fire and rescue service will do everything in its power to reduce that risk to the surrounding residents and property.’



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