Farm extension plans on the council agenda

Greenlands Farm Village, Tewitfield  near Carnforth.
Greenlands Farm Village, Tewitfield near Carnforth.

Plans to extend an open farm attraction near Carnforth are to be discussed by city councillors next week.

Roger Mason, who owns Greenlands Farm, at Tewitfield, wants to redevelop two agricultural buildings into a multi-purpose leisure, workshop and retail outlet.

The site combines a working farm with a visitor attraction which includes educational, leisure and retail uses. The site currently includes an open farm, farm shop, butchery, cafe, soft play barn, wine shop, garden centre and pottery workshop.

Planning permission is sought for the change of use of two of the modern agricultural buildings, to allow them to be used for a range of activities aimed at younger teenagers, including pony riding, go karting, climbing walls, a BMX course and occasional shows.

However, planning officers have recommended the plans be refused.

They say the scale of the retail development proposed is inappropriate for the location and has the potential to have a detrimental impact on the viability and vitality of nearby local and service centres.

The development would also increase the demand for parking, and the application has failed to fully demonstrate that the buildings to be converted are no longer required for agricultural purposes.