A major fruit grower has been granted permission to place 20 static caravans for workers at their site in Hempnall.
Berries Direct Farming has exclusively grown strawberries in heated greenhouses for at least seven years at Spring Farm, north of Spring Lane, and supplies major UK multiple grocers. The plans, which also includes a portable building for recreational use for seasonal staff, were given the green light by South Norfolk Council last month. Temporary permission for 16 caravans at the site had expired.
In a letter from general manager Brian Edwards to the council, he explained: “The caravans are necessary to house temporary seasonal staff who will work on the site, essentially during the Spring to Autumn period annually; it is not practical to house the staff off site.”
Small numbers of staff were due to arrive at the site at the end of January, to a maximum of 55 during the main harvesting period, between May and July. Moving forward, Mr Edwards added he hoped to upgrade the facilities at the farm, in a bid to “secure a viable long-term business.”