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Re: Mr Neil Cockburn, Pennoxstone Court, King's Caple [Inquiry]

DATE: 30 Nov 2007

I am acting for a soft fruit farmer in Herfordshire in his attempts to obtain planning permission to grow soft fruit in polytunnels in the AONB, where the conditions are most favourable to fruit production but where there are important landscape constraints. After a 2 week enforcement appeal inquiry in November, we successfully won on several grounds and obtained confirmation of lawful development rights for some of his growing areas and planning permission for others. These are difficult and highly controversial cases, setting one of the great success stories of British agriculture of recent years (involving highly sustainable local fruit production) against local objections and high landscape protection.