Planning Case Study – Temporary Agricultural Dwelling

In 2011 Samuel & Son sold Sanctuary Farm to Geoff and Debbie Gordon. At the time Sanctuary Farm was a bare grassland smallholding extending to some 20 acres. Geoff and Debbie had been looking for a block of land with their hearts set on a rural lifestyle that would be supported by a small livestock operation and hog roast business with a view to one day live on the land. Over the last three years Samuel & Son have helped Geoff and Debbie on their journey, assisting them with various planning applications.

PLANNING CASE STUDY

DEVELOPMENT OF A FARM BUSINESS WITH CONSENT FOR MOBILE HOME

Case Study 1 PhotoSANCTUARY FARM, HORAM, EAST SUSSEX
In 2011 Samuel & Son sold Sanctuary Farm to Geoff and Debbie Gordon.  At the time Sanctuary Farm was a bare grassland smallholding extending to some 20 acres.  Geoff and Debbie had been looking for a block of land with their hearts set on a rural lifestyle that would be supported by a small livestock operation and hog roast business with a view to one day live on the land.  Sanctuary Farm presented itself as an ideal opportunity and upon purchasing the property Geoff and Debbie immediately set out to realise their dream.  They purchased a small flock of rare breed Lleyn ewes and Oxford Sandy & Black pigs to develop a specialist meat business, selling pork and lamb to various local pubs and restaurants as well as to support their own hog roast business.

Over the last three years Samuel & Son have helped Geoff and Debbie on their journey, assisting them with various planning applications as the demands of their business required, initially obtaining consent for a 60’ x 30’ general purpose farm building, followed by consent for a separate pole barn for the storage of haymaking equipment and machinery.

Most recently, in June this year, Samuel & Son successfully achieved consent for a temporary mobile home at Sanctuary Farm to enable Geoff and Debbie to live on site for the purposes of livestock welfare as well as to enable them to further develop and grow their farm business.

Geoff and Debbie were elated when Dan Page of Samuel & Son gave them the news that their application had been successful and what had simply been a dream in 2011 had become reality.   “Samuel & Son have really helped us and guided us through the minefield that is agricultural planning and we are now so excited about our family’s  future at Sanctuary Farm and to have the commitment and belief from Wealden District Council that we will provide a valuable agricultural service supplying rare breed lamb and pork to a number of local restaurants and industries” comments Geoff.  “Dan’s expert knowledge of the planning system was invaluable and with his guidance we submitted an incredibly comprehensive application which had all the case officer’s questions answered even before he asked them!”

Dan takes great pride in seeing cases like Geoff and Debbie’s above through from start to finish and will also look to help Geoff and Debbie in 2017 when their temporary licence for a mobile home comes to an end and an application may be made for a permanent dwelling.

Samuel & Son would like to wish Geoff, Debbie and their family all the very best for their future at Sanctuary Farm and we very much look forward to helping them with various planning and other agricultural/landed matters generally as they grow their business.

If you are in a similar situation and require any assistance with rural planning, such as agricultural dwellings, farm buildings or farm diversification, please do feel free to call Dan Page for an informal discussion about your situation and to see whether Samuel & Son can help you.

Tel: 01435 864020
Email: dan@samuelandson.co.uk