Planners foil aspragus grower's bid to build polytunnels

One of the UK's largest asparagus growers has lost its appeal to construct polytunnels and reservoirs in a Gloucestershire landscape that has literary associations.

Cobrey Farms unsuccessfully sought permission in 2013 for the development at its Redhill Farm, where it already has polytunnels.

The appeal decision said views from the so-called "Poets' Path", associated with the local Dymock Poets group, as well as from a realigned right of way "would be considerably and adversely affected by the proposal".

Cobrey Farms had presented a fallback position of growing the asparagus under cloches, which would not require planning permission, to which the planning inspector said: "The much lower cloches, although obvious features, are far less visually intrusive due to their significantly lesser size."

He ruled: "Any benefits from the scheme are clearly outweighed by the negative aspects of the proposal." Cobrey Farms declined to comment on the decision.

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