Farmers’ plans to build a new farmhouse on their own greenbelt land are recommended for rejection

Plans to build a new farm on a site near Wetherby are expected to return before planning decision makers next week.

Plans submitted to Leeds City Council, which were originally presented to councilors in May, involve the construction of a four-bedroom detached house with a double garage on a greenbelt site off Trip Lane, Linton.

The candidates, who run Lilac Farm in Collingham, say their currently rented farm is under threat of development and they need to build a new home on their own land as soon as possible.

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But council officials said they were not aware of any such development plans and recommended that the plans be rejected as they were on green belt land.

Panel members did not reach agreement on the site at the May meeting, as they felt they needed more information.

A new report on the plans, due to be presented to the panel next week, said the plans should still be denied as it is an “inappropriate development in the green belt” and there are no special circumstances overrides that.

The report adds: “The proposed housing would clearly offer farm owners greater certainty, improved quality of life and significant operational benefits to the farm business.

“The applicant and his agent have clearly expressed the purpose and desire for the new accommodation. However, while there is understanding and sympathy for the applicant’s case, the proposal must ultimately be considered against the terms of the planning policy.

“It is clear that the proposal constitutes an inappropriate development in the green belt.”

He claimed this meant there was a ‘presumption against granting planning permission’ unless ‘very special circumstances’ could be demonstrated.

The claimants had indicated that their reasons for wanting to build were partly due to uncertainty about the future redevelopment of their current accommodation, which was rented to landowners.

But the Council document continued: “No timetable is given for this, how this will be secured, no indication is given as to the nature of the proposals and no indication is given of any arrangements that will be made for meet the needs of the applicant.

“As a result, it is very difficult to quantify the actual threat to existing farmhouse accommodation.”

“The officer’s recommendation remains that the building permit be refused. However, it is accepted that this is a difficult case and that the merits of the case have been well articulated by the plaintiff and his representative and it is clearly incumbent on the court to carefully consider and weigh all considerations material planning before making a decision. on request.

A previous report that was submitted to policymakers in May said residents and campaign groups were against the plans, but farmers had support for proposals from a farm union.

Candidate Sally-Anne Kilby said at that meeting: “We live in Collingham and have operated at Lilac Farm for 54 years. We currently have over 468 acres of land in Collingham, Linton and Shadwell.

“This has always been made difficult by the fact that we are on a lease for our yard and farm in the center of Collingham, which can be terminated by our landlord on a short three month notice.”

She said they had received written confirmation from the estate that they would be preparing “detailed proposals for the site.”

Plans committee advisers quickly realized that they did not have enough information to make a decision.

The report has been postponed for council officials to get more information about the request.

A decision is expected to be made at a panel meeting on Thursday, October 14.


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