Case Study>>Mayfield Farm, Compton, Newbury
Client>>Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd
Project>>Construction of a grain drying and storage facility including the demolition of an existing building
In December 2017, GP Planning Ltd successfully secured planning permission for the construction of a Grain Drying and Storage Facility at Mayfield Farm, Compton on behalf of Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd (The Applicant). The proposed Grain Drying and Storage Facility will be a steel portal framed rectangular building with a pitched roof measuring approximately 74 metres in length by 38 metres in width (2812m2). The total capacity of the new Grain Drying and Storage Facility will be approximately 10,000 tonnes of grain. The Applicant has recently acquired Mayfield Farm whereby vacant buildings on the site have been identified for future uses associated with an active farm, however none of which are considered suitable for a modern Grain Drying and Storage Facility which complies with current European Union Food Hygiene Regulations.
The new building will complement the existing and surrounding built form on the site and will be fairly typical of agricultural development in the countryside. The construction of the Grain Drying and Storage Facility will help to generate local employment both directly and indirectly and is considered to be essential for the short, medium and long-term viability of the farm. The farm holding is located within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and therefore GP Planning Ltd worked proactively with and alongside the Local Planning Authority (West Berkshire Council) and other key consultees to ensure that the development is sensitively accommodated within the AONB whilst preserving the character of the wider landscape