Forest of Dean polytunnel battle rumbles on

Cobrey Farms has had its application to erect polytunnels at a Gloucestershire farm again deferred.

The application to grow asparagus under polythene at Springfield Farm, Redmarley was due to be decided on at a planning meeting last week, but councillors said they would need another visit to the site before reaching a decision.

Residents at the meeting raised concerns that the polytunnels would spoil views of the area, including from the adjacent Poets' Path, popular with walkers, and also cause a noise nuisance during high winds.

Dymock Parish Council chairman Terry Boom said: "We chose to live here for its beauty, we do not want to be surrounded by acres of plastic. Asparagus is a luxury it is not a need food. There is no justification for this application."

The proposals also call for creation of a sedimentation pond, two reservoirs and the movement of existing bridleway.

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