UK: Hempnall strawberry farm given approval for expansion

Plans for extensive expansion of a strawberry farm have been approved, despite objections claiming it would destroy the "tranquillity" of the area. The further development of Spring Farm in Hempnall, Norfolk, was given the go-ahead by South Norfolk Council (SNC).
It will see the erection of some 16 acres of additional glasshouse and a further seven acres of polytunnels.

The scheme is expected to produce around 750 tonnes of strawberries every year. Neighbors had called on SNC's planning committee to reject the application, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

David Hook, chairman of Hempnall Parish Council, argued the application would increase traffic and light pollution while also hurting the appearance of the area. He said: "It will transform green fields into what is essentially an industrial site.

Mr. Hook added it would also "have negative impacts on drainage in an area which historically has big problems with drainage."


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