UK: Plans to turn fire-damaged glasshouse into medical cannabis facility

Plans to replace a fire-damaged glasshouse on the former Tamba Park site – now used to grow medicinal cannabis – are due to go before the Planning Committee.

The scheme, put forward by Northern Leaf, has attracted significant attention from the public, with 36 comments having been submitted. A total of 11 spoke against the scheme with concerns including the potential impact on neighbors, smell, noise and an alleged lack of information accompanying the plans.

However, 25 comments were lodged in support of the plans, with some claiming that the scheme, put forward by a local business, could help provide a boost to the agriculture industry and, in turn, diversify the economy.

Planning officers have recommended the plans for approval. Within a report outlining their findings, it says: "In this case, the existing glasshouse has an agricultural use and the proposed use is agricultural for the growing of medicinal cannabis, which are both employment uses. The proposal involves the demolition of the existing glasshouse and its replacement for agricultural use."

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