Suffolk farm shop application vetoed

Plans to turn an empty building on a 640ha Suffolk farm into a shop selling horticultural and agricultural produce have been rejected over concerns that it would have to fill its shelves with produce imported from other farms.

"The amount would go well beyond what might be regarded as farm gate sales such that there would be a material change of use of the site," the report by Babergh District Council said.

The application stated that only 20 per cent of the products sold would be from other farms. But the inspector held that this figure would likely be higher because "the land around the site constituted less than half the holding with substantial parts being a considerable distance away".


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