A diversifying farmer who has been developing his own soup brand as a ‘green’ enterprise has been given the go ahead to continue using a building as a small factory.
Fraser Key of Glebe Farm, Burton Pedwardine has been permitted by North Kesteven District Council to create a soup making facility in an existing agricultural building alongside Helpringham Road.
While alterations have already been made, production had not yet started. The new soup brand - Fresh Roots - primarily uses waste or unsuitable products from elsewhere on the farm including off-cuts and misshapen vegetables to make flavours such as English Onion, Bumblebee Butternut, Fresh Roots, Fresh Beetroot and Nice and Spicey Carrot soups.
It is anticipated 95 per cent of ingredients would be grown on the farm with production rising from 100,000 litres to 300,000 litres a year within three years. It would generate up to four full time jobs, operating Monday to Saturday.
There had been letters of objection from four neighbours claiming disruption, factory noise and odours as well as recent problems with fruit flies, backed by Burton Pedwardine parish meeting. Environmental controls will have to be put in place to satisfy the planning conditions.
There were four letters and a petition of support from 14 staff saying it would secure jobs, recycle waste products and a number of small businesses were relying on its success.