Tape Threat To Traditional Rural Events Removed - NFU
organisers of rural events like village fêtes and farmers'
markets are breathing a sigh of relief today, thanks to the NFU.
had been feared that the Government would in future insist that
organisers of occasional events like gymkhanas or food fairs would
have to get planning permission following a consultation on the
issue by the DTLR*.
however, the Deputy Prime Minster's Office issued a statement saying
that there will be NO change to the temporary use provision in current
it, Planning Minister Jeff Rooker said that the ability to hold
infrequent recreational and fund-raising events was of "significant
value to rural communities and in particular to farmers".
Planning Chairman John Seymour said the NFU had organised a stakeholders**
meeting over the issue in April at its headquarters in response
to the proposals and had co-ordinated a united voice against further
said: "We are extremely pleased that the case presented by
the NFU has been acted on.
Department has recognised that these events have operated successfully
for decades under the current system without problem and that they
have a huge social and economic value to rural communities and farmers."
statement from Mr Rooker said that a change to the planning provision
would ultimately place a burden on rural business and run counter
to the Government's wish to promote farm diversification.
Seymour added: "This decision recognises that on-farm activities
and events have become a vital component of today's successful farm
business and rural economy.
are also delighted that the organisers of village events like fêtes
and farmers' markets will not face the further burden of planning
red tape. All too often these events rely on a handful of dedicated
volunteers and a shoestring budget that simply would not have stretched