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Farm's bid for Scandinavian new home

A dairy farm in Gloucestershire that dates back to 1947 will see a division of its land and a new business rearing cattle for beef – if planners agree to a bid for a temporary new home.

Farmer Scott Kingston hopes that a two-bedroomed Scandinavian log cabin, in open fields near the village of Tresham, Wotton-under-Edge, could be used as a stepping stone for a bid for a permanent building on the same site or nearby.

Tresham Farm in the village of Tresham, near Wotton-under-Edge, has been farmed by the Kingston family for three generations, but plans to divide its resources in 2024, with Scott Kingston hoping to retain between 250 and 500 acres for a new business as Cotswold View Farm, which will focus on rearing 300 beef cattle from calves.

Pivotal to that plan, says Bristol-based Kings House Construction Consultants, will be a three-year permission from Stroud District Council for a temporary log cabin which will ensure close proximity to the calf-rearing business. A bid for a permanent building, for the same site or nearby, would follow the temporary permission if the new venture is successful.

The consultants told planners: "The proposed two-bedroomed dwelling consists of a single story pitched structure, measuring 14m x 6m. The structure is to be produced by Keops Interlock, a company specialising in the manufacture and design of Northern Scandinavian pine log cabins.

"Proposed external materials, including Northern Scandinavian pine finish, double-glazed aluminium framed by folding doors, double-glazed laminated wood frame windows, Velux rooflights and bitumous [sic] felt roof shingles. This proposal seeks to create a modestly size temporary dwelling which is to be constructed using high-quality sustainable materials which would not harm or detract from the AONB."

Access to the new dwelling would make use of an existing access route to the field and existing barns, which border the south-east edge of the Ozelworth valley. A new section of stone track would also be required for access and parking.

The bid is also supported by the Farm Consultancy Group, which told planners that Mr Kingston would be buying 120 to 150 calves per year, which would then be sold at the age of 18 to 21 months.

The justification statement added: "He will have 40 acres of maize and 50 acres of cereals, with the rest of his land down to grass and will rent further grassland from his neighbour."

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