PLANS have been submitted for a building to be permanently used at a farm near Craven Arms. 

Liam and Alice O'Brian grow a variety of fruit and vegetables at Hare Hill Farm in Edgton, along with producing their own lamb and free range eggs.

The couple already has consent to use a building on a temporary basis, but now want it to be permanent, believing long-term viability has been demonstrated.

In a planning statement submitted to Shropshire Council, Roger Parry & Partners, said: "Since moving on to the site, Mr O’Brian has spent the majority of his time dedicated to the horticulture business and does the tree surgeon business part-time.

"There is also a building on site which houses machinery and equipment for the business, along with two polytunnels erected more recently to enable the couple to keep pace with the flourishing horticultural business. Living on site has also enabled increased security which is very prevalent in rural areas unfortunately."

The statement adds that couple's future aim is for the business to increase stock further and utilise more land with discussions already in place to rent a further parcel of land.

"The foundations have already been put in place with the temporary dwelling, but for the full potential to be realised a permanent dwelling is now require," it says.

"Having a permanent dwelling on site will allow the applicant to increase the number of veg boxes, allow customers to order produce directly from their website, obtain further veg/flower growing land, and take on additional market stalls."