The Council considered that the provision of 16 mobile homes on a farm to support its fruit growing would cause an adverse noise impact to nearby residents and also argued that additional facilities should be provided in addition to those proposed.
The Planning Inspector held that insufficient harm arising from the proposal would warrant a refusal and allowed the appeal. In the determination, the Inspector recognised that the Council had not applied policy in requiring the provision of facilities over and above those provided and found no substantial basis on which to limit the number of workers to that requested by the Council (2/3 of that allowed by the inspector).
The Inspector also found that no financial contribution was necessary toward a Special Protection Area and RAMSAR site in the area, as claimed by the Council, as he was not satisfied that it was necessary.
Bloomfields client now has the labour it needs to continue to grow its business and top fruit.