SweetTree Fields Farm

Planning Potential


Submission summary: We secured a retrospective change of use from an agricultural use to care farming (sui generis) – following an earlier refusal – to allow an existing care farm to continue operating.
We believe that the permission achieved represents the social benefits the country’s planning system can deliver. In the face of initial resistance stemming from misunderstanding, our transparent, community engagement-led planning approach has ensured that hundreds of people with a range of support needs can benefit from therapeutic farming activities.
We must remember the extraordinarily positive impact the planning system can have on the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable people. 

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