Couple hope to replace mobile home with farmhouse

Plans to replace a temporary mobile home with a farmhouse at Furners Green, Uckfield, are before Wealden Council.

An outline proposal was approved in March 2008 but the detailed plans are for a “slightly larger” building.

Planning documents say that farmers Trevor Gregory and Sharon Barnard, who bought The Old Dairy Farm in Sliders Lane, in 2004 have exceeded forecasts made for financial sustainability.

They have continued to invest in additional livestock, buildings, machinery, equipment and employed staff.

When the first planning application for a farmhouse was approved the pair farmed more than 100 acres but they are now renting an additional 195 acres at Hurst barns Farm, East Chiltington.

The farmhouse would include space for an office, a boot/wash room and a wet room/toilet allowing space for staff to change and shower before moving from tending animals to working in areas that need to be kept clean such as the farm shop.

They have 5000 free range hens for egg production, 75 breeding ewes, ten Sussex suckler cows and an Aberdeen Angus bull, six Gloucester Old Spot and Oxford Sandy and Black sows and boar.

They grow plants and vegetables and produce other agricultural products such as hay, straw, logs, kindling and composted farmyard manure.

Most of the farm’s produce is sold through the farm shop and/or delivered direct to customers and planning documents say The Old Dairy has become the local shop and “lifeline for many local residents”.

Read more on the Wealden Council website.

See also:

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