‘Unique’ hydroponic vacation development proposal presented

A unique proposition combining modern hydroponic growing techniques with bespoke vacation chalet development could attract farmers from around the world to take classes in Hambleton to learn more about growing crops without soil.

While most of the green space development proposals are controversial, the project has about 35 letters of support and support just weeks after Red Roofs Lodges submitted an application to Hambleton District Council to redesign fields near Tanton, north of Stokesley received no objections.

Planning papers state that 21 bespoke and environmentally friendly lodges and a vertical fruit farm will be created to support the hydroponics companies that have been operating on a “scaled-down” level since planning permission was granted in 2009 due to a lack of investment.

Red Roofs aims to grow wheatgrass, forage, and microgreens using hydroponics, a method of growing plants in greenhouses on nutrient-rich water without soil, with only their roots submerged in the water.

The proposal calls for five pre-approved polytunnels to produce crops the equivalent of a 600-acre farm and use much less water than traditional farming.

Although hydroponics technology has been known for more than 50 years, its acceptance has been low due to the high capital investment required, operating costs and expertise required. It accounts for less than 0.1 percent of total global cultivation.

The documents state that the applicant had researched all the possibilities of state and national funding for this type of agriculture without joy, and the proposal was aimed at stimulating and maintaining the hydroponics project.

They explain, “The aim of this new business venture is to be financially independent and to commercialize this hydroponic facility to other local and national farmers in the UK and the rest of the world. It will include training courses that would enable visitors to be accommodated on-site if required.

“It’s important to keep this business and provide financial security for it as there are a number of environmental benefits associated with hydroponics, including higher yield production, water conservation and distance
of pesticides and herbicides.

“This planned recreational facility is unique and different from similar recently approved proposals in this district in that it combines modern agricultural diversification with a required and bespoke holiday facility …”

The papers state that up to 12 local workers would be employed in the development of where fruit trees were staked on the site to “produce a modern and new way of producing higher-yielding fruit than an orchard”.

To make the project more environmentally friendly, each chalet would include solar panels, a recycled wood frame structure and charging stations for electric cars, while wildflower meadows and trees would also be planted on the site.

Among those who support the plans, Razvan Hopet describes the proposal as an “excellent attraction” adding, “Absolutely amazing idea and great project, I believe the area will benefit from new jobs and people enjoying the North Yorkshire countryside . “

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