Our arable land is set well away from the house through the wood. The way we intend to cultivate that land requires a base camp from which our growers community can operate, a place to store tools, our little tractor and its implements and an area to store root vegetable crops securely. We also could use a large polytunnel to allow us to grow tender crops in Summer and provide salad leaves in winter. However, first we must tackle the planning system and make sure they and our neighbours have no issues with our intentions. After that the real work can begin.
Accordingly, we have submitted a planning application online. There is one standard online form to complete whether you are putting up a shed as we are or planning a large office complex so it took a while to wade through it and word out what bits needed filling in and what was not applicable.
We were required to submit ‘site’ drawings for both the pole barn and polytunnel which we prepared by hand and scanned in. These were simple drawings done to scale giving a view from the side, front and from above with dimensions marked. We were also required to submit an ordinance survey location plan drawn to a fixed scale with the position of the structures marked. Thankfully, the website provided links to four online suppliers of such plans which they could deliver instantly by pdf at a cost of £40.
Once everything was loaded to the site, the site calculated the fee required which, in this case was £70 and once that was paid the submission was complete. All done from the comfort of your armchair. Flintshire County Council have acknowledged receipt and we await further news.