UK crisp maker appeals as fruit farm proposal is squashed

A crisp and gin-making farmer has launched a planning appeal after his bid to convert a farm to large-scale soft fruit production was turned down by planners.

Two Farmers Crisps and Gun Dog Gin producer Mark Green of Ditton Farm, St Owen’s Cross, saw his application for former orchards at Biddlestone Farm in Llangarron rejected by Herefordshire Council last summer, after more than 550 objections. Seven appeals in total were officially lodged with the planning inspectorate last week, although no grounds have yet been supplied.

Plans for the fruit growing operation were originally submitted back in 2014, but then withdrawn and resubmitted again in 2017. The overall proposed site amounts to 53 hectares of farmland near Llangarron and St Owen’s Cross, between Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth.

A Herefordshire Council planning report said objectors claimed the proposed project was of “industrial proportions and will be highly visible from many miles away”.


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