PETITION TO OPPOSE PLANNING APPLICATION AT RED LION FARM

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PETITION TO OPPOSE PLANNING APPLICATION FROM CHATSWORTH SETTLEMENT TRUSTEES AT RED LION FARM; FROM DWELLING, FARM AND SHOP TO OFFICES, STORAGE AND WORKSHOPS.


The Bolton Abbey Estate, working under Chatsworth Settlement Trustees on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire have applied for planning permission at Red Lion Farm, a working farm and family home since the early 1700s. Upon approval of the planning, the estate will evict the current tenants - three generations of the Winterburn family who work locally and contribute to the running of the farm and shop.


The tenants are living at Red Lion Farm under an Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy (AHA), wherein Bolton Abbey Estate have the ability to evict them only upon changing the use of the farm to non-agricultural.


The planning states that the remaining land surrounding the property will be divided amongst other farming tenants on The Estate, which they are unable to pursue, as there are no plans to change the use of the surrounding land, only buildings within the yard. The planning proposition is misleading, as it implies that the current outbuildings will not serve a purpose upon approval, which is not the case as they will be required to farm the remaining land, and access will be required through the proposed development.

The planning submission is incorrect to say that the landlord is currently in negotiation with the tenant regarding alternative accommodation, and that the family’s home and business will be lost if this application is approved.

Planning was approved on the Tithe Barn, the original storage facility,  workshops and offices for The Estate, on the understanding that it would not impact the local community. The community were informed via the planning application that the contents of the building and its use would be relocated to Catgill Farm, another location on the Estate. This may have misled potential oppositions who could not have foreseen the current application.
There are other ongoing planning applications under Bolton Abbey Estate which reveal how The Estate can already accommodate storage, maintenance and offices without the need to change the use of a working farm and family home. Stank Shippon, a stones-throw away from the Estate Office, is currently under a planning application to create a one-bedroom holiday cottage, despite already being used as storage for The Estate. There is also an ongoing application for Beamsley Hall, the Duke and Duchess's unoccupied residence in Beamsley, changing it from a dwelling to a bed and breakfast. This property already features offices, storage facilities, and a barn which can be used for workshops.


The alternative properties on The Estate offer potentially a more suitable premises for storage, offices and workshops as, contrary to the planning application, Red Lion Farm has been flooded by the River Wharfe on multiple occasions throughout the past 35 years.


There are also many other instances within the planning application which are inaccurate, including the materials used for the current buildings. The application also uses outdated, historic images of the property which are misleading, and do not show how the current tenants have adapted, updated and diversified the property, including adding a Farm Shop and approximately £60,000 in new buildings; both of these projects fully supported by The Estate.


Thank you for taking the time to read our petition, please help us stop Bolton Abbey Estate being granted a successful application from the National Park Authority and avoid imminent eviction of the tenants at Red Lion Farm.