Recently the Gloucester office of the Farm Consultancy Group achieved a positive planning result in a contentious case that we had taken to committee. The business applying for the agricultural tied house is based in the Cotswolds with only 30 acres of owned land, 200 acres of rented land on a mixture of short term FBT agreements, circa 550 ewes lambing in two batches and the proposal to operate a small scale outdoor pig unit selling the pigs direct to the public. The reason for the dwelling was to allow progression of the business and for the son to take over and build the business up.
The Council’s appointed agricultural consultant concluded that a dwelling was not a requirement on site with the main reason stated that a viable business could not be based on 30 acres of owned land. Harry Edwards from the Gloucester office completed a comprehensive agricultural appraisal of the business and when the application went to committee was voted unanimously in favour of the dwelling.
If you would like to discuss the potential to gain planning permission for an agricultural tied house, please contact Harry at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local FCG office.