WEALDEN LOCAL PLAN UPDATE
Consultation on the Wealden Local Plan ended on the 8th October 2018 and the Council is now in the process of compiling the representations received.
Of interest to many of us are the comments received from Natural England, in particular, the comments which refer to the Council’s assessment of the potential impacts from development on the Ashdown Forest throughout the Plan period. Wealden District Council now has to consider the position of Natural England before making final decisions on planning applications and the final submission of the Plan. This will be a further disappointment to many who have applications currently on hold, and who must either wait again for the Council to confirm it is able to determine these applications (and therefore whether it intends to proceed with the Plan in its current form); or, consider an appeal for non-determination.
KENT & SUSSEX PLOUGHING MATCHES
It’s the time of year that we plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land and ploughing matches in Kent and Sussex have been well and truly underway. Bloomfields and Lambert & Foster have been in attendance at the Weald of Kent, Laughton & District and the East Kent ploughing matches, proving hospitality to old and new clients and their families.
As always, it was good to have a chance to meet up with clients socially and take the opportunity of show casing our services.
PERMISSION GRANTED TO FACILITATE THE EXPANSION OF CATTLE REARING BUSINESS IN AONB
Bloomfields has successfully obtained permission for two new agricultural buildings and an extension to an existing building to support a cattle farm. The new buildings will provide accommodation for calves in order to facilitate new and young stock, and the extension will incorporate a new office to improve the record keeping and management of an expanding business. Bloomfields set out the specific requirements of the buildings and extension in terms of welfare, quarantine and business expansion.
These buildings will allow the holding to proceed with its expansion and provide high levels of effective animal welfare.
CONVERSION OF REDUNDANT STORAGE BUILDING TO DWELLING WITHIN METROPOLITAN GREEN BELT AND NORTH DOWNS AONB
Bloomfields has obtained full planning permission for the conversion of a redundant agricultural storage building to a single residential dwelling.
Whilst the building was located within the Metropolitan Green Belt and North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our professional advice was that the principle of the conversion of the building should be considered acceptable in accordance with current national planning policy.
As part of the application, we were able to demonstrate that the reuse of the building would result in enhancements to the setting and the ecological value of the site.
THREE DETACHED DWELLINGS APPROVED IN THE GREEN BELT
Outline planning permission has been granted for the erection of three detached houses within the Metropolitan Green Belt, following the demolition of the existing agricultural greenhouses.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a robust case with supporting information that the development represented limited infilling within the Green Belt and that three, two-storey dwellings could be readily integrated into the area, without compromising its rural character.
MODIFICATIONS TO THE LOCAL PLAN
Following the examination hearing sessions and post hearings advice note received from the Inspectors, Ashford Borough Council is now consulting on main modifications to the Local Plan.
This consultation runs from 13th September until 5pm on 26th October 2018. Changes that are proposed to the policies map are included within the consultation documents and can be viewed on the Council’s website.
Bloomfields will be pleased to be making representations on this on behalf of clients. Do get in contact if you require comments to be made on your behalf.
PLOUGHING MATCHES 2018
This year we will be attending three ploughing matches in Kent and Sussex.
Saturday 15th September
Weald of Kent Ploughing Match
Four Oaks Farm, Plumtree Road, Headcorn, Kent TN27 9PB
Wednesday 19th September
Laughton & District Ploughing Match
Court Farm, Tarring Neville, Newhaven E Sussex BN9 0JD. By kind permission of Roger Pile
Wednesday 26th September
East Kent Ploughing Match
Malmains Farm, Waldershare, Dover, Kent CT15 5BG
They are a great family day out and a perfect event for anyone who is interested in agriculture and farming. Further information will follow soon – watch this space!
REPLACEMENT DWELLING OBTAINED FOR CONVERTED STABLE BUILDING
Bloomfields was approached by an applicant with a number of planning dilemmas and requirements to regularise the residential uses of some buildings. Bloomfields produced a detailed plan to move forward and a Certificate of Lawfulness was obtained for the use of a stable building as a dwelling house.
In order to provide better accommodation, Bloomfields has recently obtained planning permission to replace the stable building with a house. This has provided our client with much needed room and a permanent dwelling on site.
RE-DESIGN OF CLASS Q PRIOR APPROVAL SCHEME
Bloomfields was approached to submit a scheme for the re-design of a previously approved barn conversion. The applicants had prepared a more contemporary design, utilising large expanses of glazing and cut out sections of the building, as well as only proposing to convert part of the building for residential use. In order to demonstrate the compliance of the proposal scheme with the legislation, Bloomfields prepared supporting information which detailed examples of accepted schemes which contained these features within the same borough as well as in neighbouring authorities.
The application was approved without delay, including the retention of part of the building for agricultural use.
MOBILE HOMES TO SUPPORT FRUIT FARM
Bloomfields has gained permanent consent for alternative siting, relating to the storage and retention of seasonal agricultural workers’ mobile homes. Our client wished to relocate mobiles, due to land ownership constraints. The application was submitted with significant agricultural justification, as well as highlighting changes in planning policy. This supporting information ensured that there were no objections to the proposal from either the Parish Council, Local Authority, or the County Council.
The application was approved without delay, ensuring that the farm can make investments in the future to facilitate its expansion.