Plans for farm in Corpusty approved

Proposals for a mushroom production building and other structures including a wind turbine to become permanent features at a farm in Corpusty have been approved.

The planning application for Woodfruits, in Locks Farm Road, Corpusty, is to permit permanent erection of agricultural/horticultural buildings, a wind turbine and embankment.

In October 2009, temporary three year planning permission was granted for the wind turbine, embankment and buildings, so that there was time to asses any impact the development would have visually, on the area.

The latest application, which was approved by North Norfolk District councillors on Thursday was to change that temporary permission into a permanent one.

In a report from planning officers, which went before councillors at a meeting on Thursday , it states: 'The applicant has stated in support of his application that investment in temporary buildings would make the business unviable. In order for the business to become sustainable and viable the permission needs to be implemented as soon as possible. If finance were required through a bank loan or grant this would only be approved subject to a permanent permission.'

A number of structures are proposed across the site, including a mushroom production building and structures primarily for storage for tools, materials, packaging, products for sale and dry store biomass for the boiler.

The report states: 'Due to the minimal visual impact that the buildings and structures would have on the site and given that local businesses in the countryside are encouraged in order to support the economy it is considered that on balance the proposal would be acceptable in this location.'

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Corpusty and Saxthorpe Parish Council had objected to the plans and two letters of objection were also been received, saying the buildings should remain temporary until 2013 or be refused.

The applicant, Anton Den Engelse, also put in a separate planning application, asking for the stationing of a temporary agricultural workers dwelling at the site, for himself and his family so they can supervise the works there, and that was also approved at the meeting on Thursday .

Corpusty and Saxthorpe Parish Council objected to the plans for the building and there were 11 letters of objection received, covering issues such as that a family house is not essential on site, and there being no sign of significant business development.

A petition in support of the application was received with 198 signatures, along with 100 letters of support.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Den Engelse said: 'We are very pleased with the decision, we are pleased that the district council is supporting small-scale businesses that are environmentally responsible.

'We do not believe this will set a precedent to ease through other applications, they will have to be judged on their own merit.'