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Fury at polyhouses installed without planning permission near Stafford

A farmer has said no laws have been broken after work to install 'polyhouses' on his land near Stafford started before planning permission was granted.

Soft fruit grower John Busby said he has taken a risk by pressing on with installing the new structures at his Derrington farm. He submitted the planning application to Stafford Borough Council more than two years ago and had expected it to be dealt with by the time work was due to begin.

Residents and environmentalists are appalled that the work has started before consent was granted. A leaflet has been delivered to Derrington residents saying the action is "making a mockery of the planning system and democracy."

The leaflet added: "The permanent polyhouses are hurriedly being erected by Mr. Busby immediately adjacent to The Greenway – part of the National Cycle Network and one of Stafford's few precious tourist attractions. If completed, they will be seven meters tall and will cover over nine acres.


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