WSGA Plan to Grow Conference Gary Taylor MBE, FICHort 18 th Issues Covered Farming from yesteryear Growers of the Lea Valley (a condensed history) The NPPF and FEZs The local plan
The challenges of a planning application Collaboration is key The work of the LVFTF Summaries and conclusions Too many hats but which one to wear Horticulture and Farming of Yesteryear The Lea Valley Growers a
Hundred Years of History One of the most Important Horticultural, Glasshouse & Protected Crop area within the UK The growers of the Lea Valley a condensed history
First Glasshouse in 1877 in Cheshunt A days horse and cart ride from London (12 miles to central London) Good Soil and Water Supply 1911 LVGA formed (Local branch of the NFU for horticulture) 1913 Cheshunt Research station formed 1930 Represented 25% of the nations produce 1940 the glass covered an area of 1,000 acre 1950 1,200 acres 6,000 workers representing 33% of the glass in the UK and the largest in the world
The growers of the Lea Valley a condensed history Two crops dominated, tomatoes and cucumbers Production of Food crops compulsory during World Wars in the Lea Valley (Tomatoes & Cucumbers) Today 300 acres producing more than 1,200 acres. The arrival of the Sicilians in the Lea Valley The changing Crops Crops/Years
1951 1962 2012 Cucumbers 200 300
273 Tomatoes 700 200 20 Roses
100 100 0 Carnations 60 100
2 Aubergines 0 0 5 Sweet Peppers
0 0 50 Todays Lea Valley Protected Horticulture receives little or no Government funding 1bn farm gate, 3bn Retail value to the UK economy 2,000 jobs in the Epping Forest District (2.5% of total jobs)
75% of the UKs Cucumbers (80 Million ) 2 million cucumbers from London Nurseries 50% of the UKs Sweet Peppers (70 Million) 90% sold through the retailers 10% Londons Wholesale & Farmers Markets The need to increase self sufficiency ROW Planning to G
.or is it going to Second line of text Third line of text Planning to Grow.. Second line of text Third line of text .. plan well Policy paper
National Planning Policy Framework From: Department for Communities and Local Government First published: 27 March 2012 Part of: Planning system Applies to: England The National Planning Policy Framework sets out government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied
Document National Planning Policy Framework Ref: ISBN 9781409834137 PDF, 870KB, 65 pages The Food Enterprise Zones already allocated Somerset South Downs Cornwall Cumbria
Lincolnshire (3 FEZs) Worcestershire Leicestershire Cheshire West Sussex Food Enterprise Zones News story Food Enterprise Zones created to drive growth From:
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP First published: 12 February 2015 Last updated: 19 February 2015, see all updates Part of: Food and farming industry This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government There has been a disconnect with the local plan Why does the local plan often top trump the national policy
There is a clear steer that gives added weight to food production even in the green belt. for once I didnt mind being called a farmer. FEZs (Food enterprise Zones) This should be the ultimate top trump Raising the planning issues on various levels Local level joined up across all local councils (workshop) Government level in the house of commons Collaboration between NFU local, national The Challenges of a planning application
The Cost (Budget 100K actual 1 million +) Application (not significant but still a cost) Securing a good planning specialist (RPS) Archaeological considerations Ecological considerations (Greater Crested Newt) Flood mitigation Natural England Where were the obvious grower focused ones Sustainability Green solutions energy, water, labour utilisation Landscaping (integrating a 8 meter high glasshouse on a 2 meter bank.)
Levelling the land (moving 150.000 m3) Why buy a 15 acre lake, the rational key Collaboration is LVFTF (Lea Valley Food Task Force) 8 Local councils, growers, Epping College, local and county councillors, LVPRA trust, Essex University DWP, NFU local, regional, national, Produced in Kent, Capel Manor, University of East Anglia, GLA
LVRPA (Lee Valley Regional Park Authority) Mission statement.. Just say NO ?? Valley Grown Nurseries Planning Application Two applications, two appeals eventually a successful application then came the bombshell.. a judicial review Two representative government bodies using public money The work of the LVFTF Visibility, positioning, delivery. Planning policy consistent across local councils Zonal coherent joined up approach Skills, developing qualifications for careers progression
Employment bridge, reflecting local communities Institute for food security new partnerships for innovation Horticultural strategy, clear vision for horticulture In conclusion The future is bright .. The future is green ish The nation needs it customers want it Unlocking the potential for the coalition of the willing Clear in what we need to do. Make our contribution visible Be clear what we can bring Develop new opportunities for delivery Dont forget the EU and the LEPS
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