A North Lincolnshire family farm that grows world renowned beetroot has been granted permission to build a three-bed home, which will allow a fifth generation to run it.
Planning officers had recommended refusal of the new home at Butterwick Grange Farm, run by the Moore family. It is in open countryside in the sense of outside the local plan’s housing areas.
North Lincolnshire Council‘s planning committee, however, were successfully persuaded to allow it. A condition is attached to it that must always have an agricultural tie.
During the application’s consideration, the farm’s quality beetroot was emphasised. For more on the Butterwick farm and other planning decisions reached this week, read on below.
Butterwick world renowned beetroot
“These brothers are the fourth generation to farm at Butterwick Grange,” said an agent on behalf of the Moore family. He then said: “They are renowned growers of quality beetroot and potatoes, known the world over.” The farm handles over 10,000 tonnes of beetroot annually, according to its website.
The agent said the new three bed home, which will also have four parking spaces, would provide accommodation for a fifth generation member. He will then take over the family farm from his dad and uncle. The farm has seven full-time employees. He suggested sharing a house would be “a threat” to a satisfactory transfer of the farm.
“It is also an efficient and profitable business at a time of struggle,” the agent said. Cllr Carol Ross called for its approval, with the agricultural tie condition.
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Cllr Mick Grant was the only councillor to oppose permission, on the basis of missing information in the application. The North Lincolnshire farm has been run by the family since 1939.
Gunness former chippy to become a bungalow
A former fish and chip shop in Doncaster Road, Gunness, is getting demolished in favour of a bungalow. It will have two bedrooms.
Brad Bennett spoke in objection, on behalf of his brother. He agreed the former fish and chip shop was in a state of disrepair. His brother still felt revised plans for a bungalow, rather than a home, did not meet concerns. “The bungalow would occupy a substantial proportion of the plot.” It would in their view “have a detrimental impact on the character of the area”. The pair requested at least a site visit, or a two-metre high timber fence.
The bungalow is raised above ground level due to flood risk, and will have steps up to it. Councillors felt the revised proposals were acceptable. “I think anything would be better than what’s there at the moment,” said Cllr Ross.
Marsh Lane, Barton
Two homes will be built in Marsh Lane, Barton-upon-Humber, after the original applicant was removed from the scheme. Charworth Homes previously proposed three homes, had it refused, and did works on it anyway. The company entered administration last year.
Andrew Mackenzie, managing director of One Stop Business Finance Limited, the secure creditor on the project, spoke to the planning committee for the revised two four-bed homes. “You will be aware that this site has something of a spectred past,” he said.
His business would make no profit from it. The benefit was for the community in removing an eyesore. He said it was committed to clearing this site, “which is a mess”.
Mr Mackenzie noted the reduced number of homes, reduced metre height, and it was set further back. Cllr David Wells summed up the planning committee’s view when he said that two homes and the site cleared would be better than the current alternative.
The officer report before the planning committee confirmed the previous enforcement case, which had gone to appeal. “Development had commenced on the site and the footprint of three dwellings is visibly evident. This work has ceased.” The appeal applicant, James Pearson of Charworth Homes, was unsuccessful last May in their appeal that permission ought to have been granted for the three homes.
Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe