Enquiry will decide Madestein UK glasshouse salad scheme fate

A public enquiry will determine whether a £20m glasshouse salad development can go ahead near Chichester in West Sussex following a concerted local campaign to prevent the scheme.

Madestein UK, a member of the British Leafy Salads Association, will have a chance to put is case at the enquiry, scheduled for 27 February to 8 March.

Local campaign group the Almodington Association has raised more than £80,000, enabling it to engage a barrister to put the case against. The Campaign to Protect Rural England will also speak in opposition.

Almodington Association chairman Andries de Vaal said: "There are significant grounds on which we can fight this appeal.

"It is against planning policy, it will upset the visual attraction of the landscape and there would potentially massive increases in HGV movements."

Madestein UK declined to comment.


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