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POLICY EMP 7 - FARM DIVERSIFICATION

PROPOSALS FOR THE DIVERSIFICATION OF EXISTING FARMSTEADS WILL BE PERMITTED IF:

  1. THE DIVERSIFICATION PROPOSALS ARE FOR SMALL SCALE EMPLOYMENT, COMMERCIAL, RECREATIONAL OR TOURISM USES;
  2. PROPOSALS FOR NEW STRUCTURES ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR AND NECESSARY FOR THE PURPOSE OF DIVERSIFICATION;
  3. PROPOSALS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE, ADJACENT LAND USES, AND ANY EXISTING RELATED STRUCTURES IN TERMS OF THE SCALE, SITING, DESIGN AND EXTERNAL APPEARANCE OF ANY NEW BUILDING OR EXTENSION TO EXISTING BUILDINGS;
  4. PROPOSALS DO NOT UNACCEPTABLY AFFECT THE INTERESTS OF AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION, AREAS OF ECOLOGICAL, WILDLIFE, LANDSCAPE, HISTORIC OR ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE;
  5. THE PROVISION OF CAR PARKING, SERVICING AND AMENITY SPACE ARE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COUNCIL'S APPROVED GUIDELINES;
  6. VEHICULAR ACCESS IS AVAILABLE OR CAN BE PROVIDED FROM THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY WITHOUT ANY UNACCEPTABLE EFFECT UPON THE APPEARANCE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE; AND
  7. PROPOSALS DO NOT HAVE AN UNACCEPTABLE IMPACT UPON THE AMENITY AND CHARACTER OF THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT BY VIRTUE OF NOISE, SMELL, TRAFFIC CONGESTION OR VISUAL INTRUSION.

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