NATIONAL FRUIT SHOW 2018
Showcasing the industry’s cream of the crop, this year’s National Fruit Show was the place to be in October! Whilst Lambert & Foster sponsored the Comice pears class, Bloomfields were pleased to sponsor one of the Long Term Storage Classes. Tom Ogden, Director at Bloomfields and a Committee Member of the Show attended the successful event, which gave him the opportunity to catch up with clients old and new. Unknown to Tom at the time, he also helped the Chair of the National Fruit Show to pack fruit for Downing Street and The Queen!
Onwards & Upwards!
Bloomfields Drawing Technician Rob Adley ACIAT is pleased to be attending his graduation from the University of Kent in November this month, following his completion of a Higher National Certificate in Construction Management. Rob is also currently working towards his Associate Designation with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and his TCIAT designation with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Congratulations Rob!
Bloomfields sponsor local event
Bloomfields and Lambert & Foster were proud to be involved in supporting the Cranbook Literature Festival 2018 which was a huge success.
It was a two day festival resulting in an increased volume of visitors to the town, which all helped to boost the local economy.
The next festival is scheduled for September 2020 so one-off literary events are hoped to be organised in the interim.
APPROVAL FOR NEW DWELLING TO REAR OF PROPERTY
Bloomfields has obtained full planning permission for the erection of a detached dwelling with associated parking within the rear garden of a residential property.
Within the application, Bloomfields provided a strong case with supporting information to prove that the new dwelling would remain in keeping with the rural character of the local area by retaining many of the trees on the site, some of which are protected by TPO’s.
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.