Mr Hawkins is mistaken about planning law. All new farm buildings over 465 square metres have always required planning permission, and since 1991, planning law has been tightened to include the siting, design and appearance of all buildings, regardless of size.
He also appears not to have heard of the Country Landowners' Association Farm Buildings Award Scheme, which has been running for more than 20 years and has provided some superb examples of how to fit modern buildings into beautiful landscapes.
If Mr Hawkins will join us in promoting the competition, perhaps we can all agree that some of the disasters could be greatly mitigated by the planning of a mere quarter acre of trees that would soon hide some of the goverment- funded mistakes in the countryside. I am afraid the only solution for the council offices is a bulldozer.
Country Landowners Association
10 MarchReuse content