Agricultural and Rural, Commercial, Planning Appeals

Agricultural Development Approved.

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A family farm business can now expand with a processing plant on-site, that will reduce environmental impact.

Background: The proposal was a storage shed and bottling plant, essentially to support the existing agricultural activities for a family farm’s unique company. This building will significantly reduce the current transport times, costs and environmental impact – by moving the full operation on-site.  Nearly all the raw materials are grown at the farm – They are currently transporting crops to be bottled over 150 miles away!  So, it’s a more sustainable and streamlined option that will bring the full business operations on-site at their family farm.

Challenges:  We demonstrated and carefully outlined how the proposal met legislative requirements and why the building is deemed “reasonably necessary” for agricultural purposes.

Solutions: The proposed building is a considerable distance from residential dwellings, and is well screened and would be of modern rural appearance.

We cited a relevant appeal case to show that a similar proposal was tested at the planning appeal stage and the Planning Inspectorate agreed that the building and the use of the building would be reasonably necessary for agriculture.

Because the building would be under 1000 sq metres and under the height of 12 metres. So, the proposal meets the requirements set out under Part 6 Class A of the ‘Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 1995’ and subsequent amendments.

Overall Impact: With planning permission now secured the client is now in a position to take the next steps to progress with this project, which promotes local food, industry and will create local jobs – we wish them all the very best with this innovative venture.

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