Farm bid­ding to be­come a drone school

Carmarthen Journal - - Front Page - IAN LEWIS 07790 591150 [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk

A CAR­MARTHEN­SHIRE farm could be­come a “premier lo­ca­tion” for tu­ition into fly­ing drones for pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in such in­dus­tries as tele­vi­sion and film, con­struc­tion and the emer­gency ser­vices.

While it would be aimed at com­mer­cial drone fly­ing, the gen­eral pub­lic could also ben­e­fit from train­ing on how to safely fly drones.

Riven­dell Farm in Allt- walis, north of Car­marthen, wants to con­vert one of its out­build­ings into a small-scale busi­ness premises to sup­port its im­pend­ing busi­ness, reg­is­tered as The Drone Cen­tre Ltd.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been lodged with Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil by the farm own­ers.

A de­sign and ac­cess state­ment pre­pared by Thomas Lo­gin Ar­chi­tec­ture within the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion out­lines the am­bi­tions of the de­vel­op­ment which could of­fer train­ing for be­tween groups of up to 15 peo­ple at a time.

It states the area is ideal for drone fly­ing train­ing ex­er­cises, adding: “The Drone Cen­tre, based at Riven­dell Farm, where there is over 100 acres of very lightly farmed fields, woods, wet­lands, a val­ley and paths on which to train.

“Riven­dell has the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a premier lo­ca­tion for ba­sic com­mer­cial fly­ing but also for more spe­cialised fly­ing such as train­ing to the po­lice, fire ser­vice, agri­cul­ture, con­struc­tion, film and tele­vi­sion.

“It is also a venue where night time fly­ing could be per­formed safely. This means Riven­dell could be­come the venue of choice for many com­pa­nies who have spe­cific drone train­ing re­quire­ments.

“The Drone Cen­tre will pro­vide a unique train­ing and con­fer­ence venue for pro­fes­sional tu­ition of the use of drones in com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ments. It will be hired out to pro­vide the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal com­mer­cial train­ing pro­grams.

“The ap­pli­cant also plans to open the fa­cil­ity to non-com­mer­cial users at par­tic­u­lar times to run aware­ness train­ing and safe fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

With new laws over drone fly­ing in­tro­duced last sum­mer “there is a fo­cus on safe non-com­mer­cial fly­ing” the ap­pli­ca­tion adds.

It also states: “The Drone Cen­tre also plans to of­fer pho­tog­ra­phy cour­ses, as the ap­pli­cant’s son Daniel Trim has been awarded Bri­tish Wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher of the year and is fre­quently pub­lished world­wide in many wildlife mag­a­zines and on­line. It is there­fore hoped to de­liver spe­cial- ised wildlife and land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy meet­ings based around the farm and sur­round­ing area, led by Daniel.”

The de­sign and ac­cess state­ment goes on to say: “Riven­dell is a small up­land farm, grow­ing rare breeds of sheep, cat­tle, poul­try and pigs and re­tail their meat.

“The barn con­ver­sion will in­cor­po­rate a small farm of­fice to op­er­ate their sales from and al­low home work­ing.

“The re­main­der of the build­ing will be fun­da­men­tally a con­fer­ence room with cater­ing fa­cil­ity and break out area to ac­com­pany their drone cen­tre.”

The pro­posal is sub­ject to a Car­marthen­shire Ru­ral En­ter­prise Fund grant.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion will be dis­cussed by Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee in the near fu­ture.

Riven­dell Farm in Allt­walis could be­come a train­ing site for fly­ing drones.

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