Bloomfields has successfully obtained permanent consent for 20 ha of polytunnels to support the growth of British strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. The polytunnels at the site are crucial for increased crop yields, quality of produce, reductions in food waste and to ensure that soft fruit is home grown with sustainable food miles.
The consent for such a large coverage in one area will allow the business to make phased developments and growth, whilst still having the security of the infrastructure and a permanent permission.
Bloomfields provided a robust supporting statement setting out the agricultural justification for the polytunnels, whilst also referring to detailed specialist supporting reports for drainage and landscape impact. This gave the Council the information they needed to provide a balanced judgement.
Given the sensitivity of the case, Bloomfields represented the applicant at Planning Committee, where the application was approved. This success has ensured that the farm can make the necessary investments to continue its success in the soft fruit industry, as well as providing job security in this challenging climate.