Fruit farm gets the green light for camp site

Old English Fruit Company director Graham Sharpe with some produce grown at the site.
Old English Fruit Company director Graham Sharpe with some produce grown at the site.
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The council has approved a 10-pitch tenting site and farm shop in Anderby despite the application having been recommended for refusal.

The council has approved a 10-pitch tenting site and farm shop in Anderby despite the application having been recommended for refusal.

Applicants The Old English Fruit Company want revenue from the campers to support the fruit and nut orchard they are developing as a tourist attraction on Simon Field off Rectory Road.

East Lindsey District Council planning case officer Lindsey Stuart recommended refusal because of the remote rural location away from other tourist attractions.

But the planning committee voted eight-two in favour because they could see its charm as an offbeat rural leisure and holiday destination.

“The applicants are to be commended,” enthused Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders. “This will make a refreshing change from the standard tourism 
offering - caravans and candy floss.

“It will be a lovely place to take children.”

The committee heard that Louth and Horncastle MP Victoria Atkins has agreed to be VIP guest when the attractions hold its official opening at a date to be fixed.

Committee chairman Coun Neil Cooper and wife Coun Pauline Cooper should not count on receiving invitations - they were the two committee members who voted against the application.

A shower and toilet block will also be built on the site.

Described as ‘a family fruit farm with a difference’ the Old English Fruit Company will capitalise on its tourist attraction status with the development of a camp site next spring. Offering a ‘pick-your-own’ of their crops - they grow a choice of soft fruits alongside orchards of apple, pear, plum, damson, cherry, greengage,quince, mulberry, medlar and fig trees. Many of their crops and trees have a historical theme and connection, such as their ‘WW1 commemmorative wood’ - adding extra interest for visitors.

Gillian Henshaw from Simon Field Farm, where the company is based, said: “We are delighted that some of the planning committee, especially Jill Makinson Sanders could share our vision.”