Today's (Wednesday March 17) thumbs up follows an extensive process of consultation with Herefordshire County Council, Marden Parish Council and local residents regarding the future of S&A's operations at Brook Farm, Marden.
In May 2009 planning permission for polytunnels on the site was granted - but consent for workers' accommodation was refused on the grounds of scale and form.
In December 2009, the company submitted updated proposals for accommodation which included a scaled-down accommodation capacity from 1,000 people to 852 people, and the removal of ‘pods', ensuring all accommodation will comprise of caravans and dormitories.
Today's positive planning decision will allow S&A to put these proposals into practice.
Frank Green, managing director at S&A, said: "This was a very important planning decision for S&A and we are delighted with the outcome of today's meeting."
For more on this story see next week's Grower.