Many thanks to the farmers, councillors, surveyors, land agents and planners who took part in the NFU Planning Survey. We hope to have more information for you soon, but please see our online updates about farm polytunnels, farm shops and on farm reservoirs to see how we have lobbied for change to planning guidance.
The NFU has gathering evidence from wider industry in a bid to inform its future work. Respondents feedback has informed the NFU's ongoing evidence for the Rural Planning Review and Housing White Paper.
NFU Vice President Guy Smith said it was essential those involved in planning issues impacting on farming businesses took part in the survey so the NFU could engage with government on possible future changes to planning rules and regulations.
“From farm shops to polytunnels, and farm reservoirs to changing use of agricultural buildings, planning regulations continue to be major headache to our members, adding unnecessary burden and costs which can be barrier to business growth,” he added.
“We also need to have a consistent planning system, and for those who have the final say on any applications to be given thorough training so they are better informed of their rights and responsibilities.
“Ultimately, the planning system should enable businesses to be viable and vibrant, ready to pass on to future generations.
“Fundamentally, we need to produce more food for our growing population and reduce our reliance on imports. This needs to be achieved both profitably and sustainably. The town planning system should contribute to this need by helping to create conditions for a strong sustainable farming and rural economy.”