Bloomfields has secured major planning permission on a 20,000 sqm site for the installation of two new 60m parallel dairy beef calf rearing buildings, a new biodiversity wildlife pond and a large earth bank to provide a visual screen from views from the South Downs National Park.
The barns will now enable the business to increase its output from 3,000 to 5,000 dairy beef calves per annum in a bespoke young stock rearing facility with enhanced animal welfare standards.
The permission also allowed for the creation of a landscaped earth bank to surround the two buildings to help its assimilation into its surroundings as well as protect it from views from the South Downs National Park.
A comprehensive landscaping and planting scheme, incorporating a new wildlife pond, was submitted with the application, ensuring the required additional 10% biodiversity net gain was easily achieved and indeed was surpassed.
With such a large agricultural development, the LPA understandably needed to understand the justification and reasoning for the scheme. The application was compelling and the Bloomfields supporting Planning Statement comprehensively detailed the scheme’s justification. All the LPA’s third party consultations replied supporting the application and with regular dialogue with the case officers, the major planning application was approved quite straightforwardly.
Working closely also with our client’s landscape architect and ecologists, a scheme was presented and approved which ensured a significant contribution of the site’s biodiversity as well as providing a visual enhancement.
The scheme proceeded through the LPA’s pre-application advice service which assisted with opening an initial dialogue with the planners, resulting in a number of minor amends and ultimately the submission acceptable scheme.