Hoping to build a house…

We have been at Wookey Farm now for five and a half years and are fast out growing the mobile home. Ali and Edward are growing and so is their stuff!

We feel the time has come to apply for a house, as the process from applying to having a roof over our heads could easily take another couple of years.

Our application was registered into Mendip’s system on Wed 16th March and should be decided within 8 weeks (This is just for outline planning permission to see if we can have a house. No drawings/plans submitted at this stage) Planning Reference – 2016/0459/OTS

If you would like to write a letter of support, that would be fantastic and much appreciated. Deadline – 28th April 2016. Please send direct to:
Miss Lynsey Bradshaw, Planning Department, Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT

You can see the full application on the Mendip Planning Portal but here’s a summary:
– We’ve been here for 5 ½ years, building up our dairy goat farm
– We process all milk on site, making a range of cheese, bottled milk, cream, yoghurt
– Have made a successful, profitable business from the dairy goats which is supplemented by income from campsite and meat
– Currently employ 6 locals who work part time helping with goats, processing, markets and general building and maintenance
– Benefit the local economy through campers going to local pubs and café and through providing jobs for local people
– Benefit the village by getting more people into the countryside, finding out about farming and cuddling baby goats!
– Open the farm for ‘Open Farm Sunday’ and to school visits, including very successful Christmas Experience
Thanks,
Ian and Sarah

2 thoughts on “Hoping to build a house…

  1. This a lovely site. I was camping their last summer and had a fantastic time. Fresh goats milk and ice cream plus cheese. A 15 minute walk to a couple of local pubs which both do excellent home cooked food. Can have camp fires which is great for kids and toasted marshmallows. Would highly recommend this site and PLEASE LET THEM BUILD A HOUSE HERE!!

  2. Ian and Sarah, I support your plan and efforts to build a home for yourselves, for
    all the hard work you’ve done and are still doing, you fully deserve a good living
    place for yourselves, with comfort for the whole family. I’ve enjoyed visiting the farm, cuddle the tiny babygoats and watching the rare breed piglets wriggling in the mud, plus the lovable Mr. Pickles…. on distance mostly. And not to forget, I’ve enjoyed the milk, the cheese and the yoghurt so much! I’m moving on to Devon soon, after living 1 year in Somerset. I will visit the Farm again, when I return for weekend trips, staying in a home of a friend nearby. Good luck with all the things you do and plan, thank you for the good vibes on the land!

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