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7 hectares of greenhouse area not to be built at this time

Politicians rejects mega-greenhouse in Middle Franconia

It would have been an agricultural project the likes of which Fürth has hardly seen before: A Nuremberg company would like to build greenhouses on seven hectares of land near Vach to grow vegetables. The project however did not get a majority in the town hall. For those who don't know how big seven hectares are, a vivid comparison will help: seven hectares can accommodate ten football pitches. Or even a huge greenhouse, as a Nuremberg family business near Vach would like to build to grow cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers - possibly in organic quality. Outbuildings could be built on three more hectares, says Nordbayern.de.

Property has rarity value
Peter Höfler, a vegetable farmer from the Knoblauchsland, has his eye on the property, which lies between the roads leading from Vach to Obermichelbach or Herzogenaurach. On the one hand, he says, contiguous areas of this size are rare in Fürth and Nuremberg, and on the other hand, the area, on which a local farmer leases arable land, is currently for sale. The location offers several advantages: In order to keep the greenhouse at the right temperature in winter, Höfler would like to use the waste heat from a nearby biogas plant, a composting area for green waste is just around the corner, and he could draw water from the Main-Danube Canal.

Since he knows that greenhouses, even on this scale, are not accepted everywhere, he has not yet entered into final negotiations with the sellers of the land. At first Höfler, who counts the Fürth-based discount chain Norma among his major customers, wanted to know what the city thought of his plans. But at this point in time he knows that his chances are almost zero. The Lord Mayor turns out to be a vehement opponent of the project.


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