25 October 2001
Free advice to help farmers diversify

By Adrienne Francis

FARMERS are to receive free advice after it was found that some local authorities reject 17% of planning applications received from producers.

The statistic is contained in a government report on implementing of planning guidance on diversification of farm businesses.

Research found planners and farmers often misunderstood one other.

Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael said the government would fund a days planning consultancy advice for farmers who want to diversify.

“Many farmers depend on the planning system to diversify and enable the development of their businesses,” he said.

Farmers wanting to take advantage of free planning advice should apply to their local Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs office.

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