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Sarah Beeny struck for pouring concrete into "beautiful" fields on New Country Life


Sarah Beeny's New Country Life viewers have criticized the presenter for pouring "huge amounts of concrete" onto a field in the middle of the "beautiful landscape" to create her dream home.

The Channel 4 show follows the 48-year-old real estate expert, her husband Graham Swift and her family after they moved from London to Somerset and started renovating a half-ruined former dairy farm into their ideal family home.

In the aftermath of last night's episode, the couple recruited a group of workers to begin the Covid-safe renovation work after a month-long hiatus in the project – but the endless trucks of concrete didn't go down well with those who tuned in.

"I can't help but think while watching #SarahBeenyNewLife that there could be better places to pour large amounts of concrete than a field in the middle of beautiful countryside," one wrote.

The final episode of Sarah Beeny's New Country Life on Channel 4 followed the presenter (pictured) and her family as they recruited a group of workers to begin the Covid-safe renovations after a month-long hiatus in the project

The audience criticized the moderator for pouring "huge amounts of concrete" onto a field in the middle of the "beautiful landscape" (picture)

The audience criticized the moderator for pouring "huge amounts of concrete" onto a field in the middle of the "beautiful landscape" (picture)

In the comment section, one person wrote: "I can't help but think while watching #SarahBeenyNewLife that there could be better places to pour large amounts of concrete than a field in the middle of the beautiful landscape" (picture)

In the comment section, one person wrote: "I can't help but think while watching #SarahBeenyNewLife that there could be better places to pour large amounts of concrete than a field in the middle of the beautiful landscape" (picture)

A second added, "Um … run electrical cables without removing the safety tape or a stop board? Dogs & children running around on a construction site? & # 39;

“All this concrete is going to do wonders for CO2 emissions? Could be green fields, but not green friendly … or safe. & # 39;

The truck that pumps the concrete into the walls through its 30-meter arm arrived on site – closely followed by the first concrete truck with almost 19 tons in the mixer, which was ready to be poured.

"The second truck is already here," said Sarah Beeny. "It's going to be pretty relentless today."

The truck, which pumps the concrete through its 30-meter arm, arrives on site (picture)

The truck, which pumps the concrete through its 30-meter arm, arrives on site (picture)

The couple also disagreed on whether to have animals, so arranged to borrow four alpacas from a nearby farm to see if they liked the idea (pictured).

The couple also disagreed on whether to have animals, so arranged to borrow four alpacas from a nearby farm to see if they liked the idea (pictured).

The couple also disagreed on whether they should have animals, so arranged to borrow four alpacas from a nearby farm to see if they liked the idea.

"I'm not sure whether they are really building a house or just setting up an elaborate petting zoo," wrote one, while another wrote:

"No wonder the house is not being built … they are always too busy with alpacas, fishing, owls etc …"

A third added: & # 39; I keep watching #SarahBeenyNewLife because I want to see the new house and yet most of the show is filled with things like sheep shearers or random things! I feel like we couldn't see the finished house in this series – argh! & # 39;

Sarah and husband Graham wanted to build the house of their dreams on 220 acres and make it a home for their four sons Billy (15), Charlie (13), Raffy (10) and Lawrie (9).

Another person who stepped in wrote, "I'm not sure if they're really building a house or just an elaborate petting zoo."

Another person who stepped in wrote, "I'm not sure if they're really building a house or just an elaborate petting zoo."

Sarah and her husband Graham eventually got permission to build their dream home.

Documents show objections to the development, which focus on a stretch from the property to a nearby road that is associated with accidents and bad traffic.

Its development on the outskirts of Bruton was subject to a laborious building permit process.

The plans for Sarah Beeny's new home met with objections from local residents. Pictured: drawings submitted as part of the Somerset property planning application

The plans for Sarah Beeny's new home met with objections from local residents. Pictured: drawings submitted as part of the Somerset property planning application

The real estate expert outlined plans for driving to the house to join a road. Locals said it was an accident blackspot

The real estate expert outlined plans for driving to the house to join a road. Locals said it was an accident blackspot

However, the project was initially hit by a number of objections from locals. One neighbor described her original development plans as "irresponsible and downright dangerous" while another said they were "extremely stupid".

Eight out of nine comments had objections to the original application in the summer of 2019.

Paul Williams of Wincanton said, “After living here for 35 years and during that time dozens of accidents on this notorious stretch of road, some of which have crossed my hedge.

“The idea of ​​adding another entrance / exit in this zone seems irresponsible and downright dangerous.

"I fully support the parish council's view that this proposal must be rejected in the interests of public safety."

Sandra Pentecost added how the locals spent days and nights slowing and directing traffic in a cul-de-sac to avoid further collisions.

She added, “I think it would be extremely stupid to allow additional vehicle access onto this street, especially since the proposed apartment has well-maintained and secure access from Barrow Water Lane.

“The tracks that the applicants claim are existing access points are in fact not and never intended for vehicles.

"I urge the planners to reject the application for this access point on a dangerous and fast road."

William Heath, who lives in a cottage a few hundred yards from the property, said: “We have been living in Dairy Cottage for about 4 years.

"During that time we have seen at least 23 road traffic incidents on the stretch of road between Trendle Lane and Stoker Hill intersection."

The broadcaster and her husband Graham Swift bought the dairy farm to build a huge mansion in the country, but struggled to get planning permission

The broadcaster and her husband Graham Swift bought the dairy farm to build a huge mansion in the country, but struggled to get planning permission

Eight out of nine comments had objections to the original application in the summer of 2019. Pictured: The land Sarah plans to build the Somerset house in

Official data shows fewer incidents than suggested by Mr Heath, but he argued that not all traffic incidents are reported to local authorities.

Mark Hill, who also lives at Home Farm, Wincanton, confirmed Mr Heath's claim, adding that Beeny's exit to the street could risk potential accidents with animals.

He said, “The proposed access point has actually been the site of a number of accidents over the past decade as vehicles increase their speed as they enter this particular stretch of road.

“One of Home Farm's fields is right across from the proposed access point and has cattle year round.

"One of the main problems is the danger of increasing the potential for accidents at this point, which can result in vehicles damaging the protection, fencing and livestock."

There were also objections to plans to remove a small number of hedges to allow access to the property.

Debbie Hicks of Wincanton said, "This hedge plays a key role in connecting wildlife between Moorwood and the River Pitt Corridor for a number of species."

Another neighbor argued that trimming hedges would disturb the "breeding birds" and therefore violate the rules set out in various wildlife laws.

Documents show that a planning application was submitted in April 2019 and finally approved in July of this year.

The Channel 4 show faced a backlash after previous episodes when Sarah was criticized for "painful city declaration".

Sarah named the property "Little House on the Prairie" when the couple began making changes to the land around their future home, including planting 1,000 trees to create a "forest walk" near the creek.

One viewer posted online: "Um, this lot already has a big farmhouse to live in. Am I missing something?"

One commented, “I watched as I expected the warm, blurry feeling. Instead, I feel like I've been "declared in the city" by wealthy city dwellers who cannot comprehend the council's concerns over the construction of a garish mansion being built in the beautiful countryside.

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