Agriculture

 

DM 55

Agricultural and land-based rural business development in the countryside

Core Strategy Policy

CS33 Smaller settlements and countryside

Replacement Local Plan Policy

RD/1 Agricultural and forestry development and farm based diversification

Policy Intentions:

  • Support proposals for new agricultural buildings which are genuinely necessary and ensure the impact of large modern agricultural buildings on the landscape is minimised.
  • Ensure that any new building which is permitted meets very high design standards and respects the landscape and its rural setting.
  • Prevent urban sprawl and inappropriate development. 

Background

This policy is based on the former Policy RD/1 of the North Somerset Replacement Local Plan (2007). If the proposal involves a new or emerging business the application will need to be supported by a business plan to show viability. 

 

Policy DM 55: Agricultural and land-based rural business development in the countryside

Planning permission will be granted for agricultural or forestry development on existing and new holdings, or development for the purposes of farm based and other land-based rural businesses (see Glossary) or diversification provided that:

  • the proposals are necessary for and ancillary to the use of land for viable agricultural or land-based rural business purposes; and
  • the re-use of existing buildings on the holding is given priority over new buildings; only where no suitable buildings are available will new development be acceptable;
  • in the case of diversification proposals, there is sufficient certainty of long-term benefit to the farm business as an agricultural operation, that other rural businesses and the character and appearance of the countryside are not adversely affected; and
  • the siting and design of the building respects its rural setting and does not harm the character of the landscape in accordance with policies DM 11 (Landscape) and DM 31 (High quality design and place making).

The council may condition the grant of such permission such that should agricultural use of a building cease within 10 years of its substantial completion then it should be removed from the land and the land restored to its former condition unless permanent permission is granted for a non agricultural use within 3 years of the date of the permanent cessation of the agricultural use.

DM 56

Local food production /community orchards/ allotments

Core Strategy Policies

CS27 Sport Recreation and community facilities

CS21 Retail Hierarchy and provision

Replacement Local Plan Policy

RT/7 garden centres, nurseries and farm shops in the open countryside 

Policy Intention:

Support proposals which enable locally grown food, drink and products to be enjoyed, grown and sold provided it does not harm the countryside or existing local businesses. 

Background

This policy gives acceptability to new development in the countryside associated with local food production and is supported by the NPPF (paragraph 28).  

 

Policy DM 56: Local food production /community orchards/ allotments

The provision of buildings associated with allotments, farmers' markets, community orchards, and farm shops will be supported provided that:

  • the character and appearance of the countryside is not adversely affected; and
  • the re-use of existing buildings is given priority over new buildings; only where no suitable buildings are available will new development be acceptable.

Proposals for the sale of locally grown produce and products will be permitted provided it is in accordance with Policy DM 69 (Garden centres and shops in the countryside).

DM 57

Equestrian development 

Core Strategy Policies

CS4 - Nature Conservation

CS5 - Landscape and the Historic Environment

CS6 - Green Belt

CS27- Sport Recreation and Community Facilities

Other Documents

Guidelines for Horse Related Development for the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Replacement Local Plan Policies

CF/3 - Cultural and community facilities in the countryside.

RD/3 - Development in the Green Belt

RD/2 - Conversion and reuse of rural buildings

Policy Intentions:

  • Protect the intrinsic character and beauty of our countryside by protecting the distinctive landscape, heritage and wildlife assets of North Somerset.
  • Ensure that any new building which is permitted meets very high design standards and respects the landscape and its rural setting.

Background

This is a new policy which ensures that equestrian development can blend into the surrounding countryside and have no adverse impact on the landscape or other material considerations. 

 

Policy DM57: Equestrian development

Permission for equestrian development, both commercial and private, will be permitted provided that either individually or cumulatively:

  • they do not harm the landscape character of the area;
  • in areas at risk of flooding, the proposals pass the sequential test and can demonstrate through a flood risk assessment that they are safe and would not increase flood risk elsewhere;
  • new buildings, shelters or arenas are located near existing farmsteads or groups of buildings. Developments in the open countryside will not be permitted unless it can be demonstrate that they take advantage of local topography and vegetation to be as inconspicuous as possible;
  • the scale, design, colour and materials of any new buildings and other structures has regard for the rural settings (preferably of timber construction) and need to minimise light pollution in the countryside;
  • there is no harm to identified wildlife or archaeological sites;
  • proposals will need to demonstrate they can satisfy the requirements of Policy DM 24 (Safety, traffic and the provision of infrastructure); and
  • sufficient routes are available nearby where riding activities can take place without conflicting with the free flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic or with pre-existing outdoor activities.