De­vel­op­ment planned for farm­land

Church and eight homes planned for for­mer Lit­tle Pigs site

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

PLANS have been put for­ward to de­velop on land that was at the cen­tre of a ten­ancy dis­pute storm ear­lier this year.

The pro­pos­als have been sub­mit­ted for Stamp well Farm, Bea­cons­field, just months af­ter Kew Lit­tle Pigs – home to more than 60 an­i­mals – was evicted.

Sub­mit­ted by Rev­erend Fran­cis ‘ Frog’ Orr-Ewing, the ap­pli­ca­tion states that three of the struc­tures are Grade II listed and that the site lies within the green belt.

The re­de­vel­op­ment would see eight, two-storey three bed­roomed dwellings built as well as the de­mo­li­tion of ex­ist­ing agri­cul­tural build­ings, new al­ter­ations to cre­ate a hospi­tal­ity cen­tre and the pro­vi­sion of a new church.

In Novem­ber last year Kew Lit­tle Pigs, one of the top mi­cropig breed­ing farms in the UK, was given just three months to find a new home in a con­trac­tual dis­pute over land use.

Owner of the busi­ness Olivia Mikhail had been rent­ing the land from the La­timer Min­ster Church of Eng­land – of which Rev­erend Orr-Ewing is the rec­tor – since 2014.

But when two par­ties en­tered into dis­cus­sions to the re­new the lease in June, the church said that Miss Mikhail was not us­ing the land for agri­cul­tural pur­poses, there­fore breach­ing her lease.

Miss Mikhail de­nied this claim but she was told she had to leave and was given un­til the end of March to find some­where new – or her an­i­mals would be re­moved.

In the nick of time, she man­aged to find a new site in Old Amer­sham on March 29 and moved the busi­ness on April 18.

Now a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted for the site which would see the farm­house, barn and cartshed/ gra­nary re­stored and con­verted into a five bed- room house over two storeys.

The pro­pos­als also in­clude the restora­tion and con­ver­sion of the sta­ble to­gether with the re­in­state­ment of ex­ist­ing fire- dam­aged build­ings to cre­ate a hospi­tal­ity cen­tre con­sist­ing of four hospi­tal­ity suites, a re­fec­tory and a kitchen over two storeys.

The de­sign and ac­cess state­ment says the de­vel­op­ment of four pairs of semi-de­tached cot­tages “will fi­nance the con­ser­va­tion deficit in con­nec­tion with the restora­tion” of the farm­house, cart- shed/gra­nary, barn and sta­ble.

Along with this the plans cover the build­ing of a new church which would have an in­ter­nal area of 348m2 with a ca- pac­ity for 346 peo­ple.

John Wertheim, Chiltern District Coun­cil­lor for Austen­wood Ward, Chal­font St Peter, has now called in the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Stam­p­well Farm when it was still oc­cu­pied by Kew Lit­tle Pigs

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