Planning Documentation

The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) applied to Mid Devon District Council for planning permission for three new affordable residential smallholdings "Plot C", "Plot A" and "Plot B", (ref: 11/02007/MFUL), ref:12/00045/MFUL and ref:12/00107/MFUL). Together the three applications form a proposal for a cluster of three low impact and affordable smallholdings - for new entrants to ecological agriculture.

The planning officer, Alison Fish, recommended approval but the Planning Committee refused permission (see News and Events). We then appealed the Committee's decision and were granted permission at appeal.

In each of the three applications we sought a temporary permission for an agricultural worker’s dwelling. With each application we also sought permission for the following shared facilities and infrastructure: timber barn with PV array and rainwater collection; biological waste water treatment system; improved access; and internal pathways of grass paving. On Plot C we were also seeking permission for a small wooden poultry hatchery/brooder (18m2) and on Plot A for a small greenhouse (24m2).

Our scheme attracted a great deal of support including that of:

Organisations

  • 4th World Ecological Design
  • The Biodynamic Land Trust
  • The Campaign for Real Farming
  • The Family Farmers Association
  • Home Grown, Community Owned
  • The Kindling Trust
  • Lammas Low Impact Living Initiative
  • The Permaculture Association
  • The Scottish Crofting Federation
  • The Soil Association
  • Sustainable Crediton Food Group
  • Sustrans
  • The Transition Network
  • Wakelyns Agroforestry
  • Individuals

  • Charles Dowding, salad grower, Gardeners' Question Time panelist
  • Zac Goldsmith MP
  • Dr Hemfrey, Durham Energy Institute and Centre for Social Justice
  • John Hemming MP
  • Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University
  • Caroline Lucas MP
  • Jonathon Porritt, founder of Forum for the Future and inaugural Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission
  • Mark Simmonds, Field Worker for the Big Lottery funded Making Local Food Work programme
  • Brett Spiller, former Chairman at the Royal Town Planning Institute SW
  • Professor Stephen Stirling, Head of Education for Sustainable Development, Plymouth University
  • Alison Tindale, Horticulturalist


  • Documentation

    The following documentation is available to download:

    Planning Committee Reports:
    Transcript of the Planning Committee meeting produced by the ELC
    Officer's Report to the Planning Committee on Greenham Reach
    Committee Report - 6th June 2012
    Committee Updates - 6th June 2012
    Committee Report 9th May 2012
    Committee Updates - 9th May 2012

    Plot C
    Cover letter
    Landscape Plan
    Site location plan
    Block plan
    Drawing: Barn
    Drawing: Temporary dwelling
    Drawing: Poultry hatchery
    Design & Access Statement
    Drawing: Proposed passing point
    Transport statement
    Flood Risk Assessment
    Ecology Assessment
    Agricultural appraisal
    Energy statement
    Water and Waste Water Treatment Statement
    REVISED Management Plan
    REVISED Template lease
    For the business plan please email the ELC

    Consultation - Environment Agency
    Consultation - Highway Authority
    Consultation - Parish Council
    Consultation - Natural England

    Response to Objectors appendices to this document are available here

    Response to Holcombe Rogus Parish Council appendices to this document are available here

    Plot A
    Cover letter
    Landscape Plan
    Site location plan
    Block plan
    Drawing: Barn
    Drawing: Glasshouse
    Design & Access Statement
    Drawing: Proposed passing point
    Transport statement
    Flood Risk Assessment
    Ecology Assessment
    Agricultural appraisal
    Energy statement
    Water and Waste Water Treatment Statement
    REVISED Management Plan
    REVISED Template lease
    For the business plan and cash-flow forecasts please email the ELC

    Consultation - Environment Agency
    Consultation - Highway Authority
    Consultation - Parish Council
    Consultation - Natural England

    Response to Objectors appendices to this document are available here

    Response to Holcombe Rogus Parish Council appendices to this document are available here

    Plot B
    Cover letter
    Landscape Plan
    Site location plan
    Block plan
    Drawing: Barn
    Design & Access Statement
    Drawing: Proposed passing point
    Transport statement
    Flood Risk Assessment
    Ecology Assessment
    Agricultural appraisal
    Energy statement
    Water and Waste Water Treatment Statement
    REVISED Management Plan
    REVISED Template lease
    For the business plan and cash-flow forecast please email the ELC

    Consultation - Environment Agency
    Consultation - Highway Authority
    Consultation - Parish Council
    Consultation - Natural England

    Response to Objectors appendices to this document are available here

    Response to Holcombe Rogus Parish Council appendices to this document are available here