Successful business relocation for local business TFN Landscapes

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Successful business relocation for local business TFN Landscapes

September 2017

Noake Farm

Noake Farm in Hucclecote, Gloucester, is now well and truly open for business following a lengthy planning process which took Fisher German over 18 months of steadfast work to obtain planning permission for. 

The successful business now operating from the site is TFN Landscapes who moved to their new premises in spring 2017. The new site currently has two large offices and a nursery for home grown trees and shrubs. It also operates a training facility from the site which offers courses in Rolo, Health & Safety, Environmental Awareness and Driver CPC. 

Tom Rimell, Director of Smart Cut who own TFN Landscapes, started drawing up plans to expand back in 2014, but the existing site was too small and was being redeveloped for a future large residential scheme in any event.   Fisher German helped find the new site where the business could operate from, and expand, and a scheme was drawn up.  It was also very important that the new site enabled people to continue to live and work locally.

Angela Smedley, who was responsible for the planning process comments, “The new site at Noake Farm had some complex planning issues to overcome. The site was in green belt land and there were environmental, highway and drainage considerations.  Following pre-application discussions with the council the scheme was reduced in scale to overcome initial visual impact concerns, however officers remained of the view that the proposals constituted inappropriate development in the green belt that offered no ‘very special circumstances’ to allow the scheme. 

After successful lobbying, and highlighting to the planning committee how important it was to keep the business in the area, following an enforced relocation due to the forthcoming residential development, the planning committee overturned the officer’s recommendation and granted consent for TFN Landscapes to relocate to Noake Farm”.

Yan Gittins and Joe Hiram in the Worcester office were responsible for the site finding and its acquisition, as well as the sale of the existing site to developers. He adds “18 months of planning work has thankfully paid off.  Before that however we had to undertake a site finding process, ensuring that the new site was right for the applicant. We negotiated its acquisition and only then could the planning work commence.  Once planning was approved we were also able to commence negotiation for the sale of the existing site. Careful coordination Tom and Lodders (the solicitors) ensured transactions proceeded as smoothly as possible for a successful outcome”.

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