Court Lodge Farm, which is located within the Green Belt, was purchased by Oncoland Ltd to allow for the consolidation of their current beef farming operations which are currently spread across a number of farms.
The existing agricultural buildings on site do not meet modern farming requirements and regulations, and therefore DHA were tasked with securing consent for their demolition and the erection of approximately 7,600sqm of new agricultural buildings, workshops, silage clamps, effluent tank and attenuation pond.
Given the scale of the application and the site's location within the Green Belt, DHA provided advice to the client in terms of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening, to ensure that the development had been thoroughly considered by the Council prior to its submission. Whilst the scheme wasn’t considered an EIA development, this process helped to ensure that the application wasn't subject to screening during the life of the application.
The new buildings will ensure that the client’s farming business is able to rationalise, whilst ensuring compliance with modern farming regulations. DHA successfully negotiated with the Council ensuring that pre-commencement conditions were not attached to the planning permission, allowing the client to start work immediately on site.