Herefordshire Council planning committee approves fruit grower S&A's plans for workers' accommodation

Plans for workers' accommodation at fruit grower S&A Produce's site in Marden, Herefordshire, have been given the green light by the county council's planning committee.

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.

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