Rural employment development


Client: D A Cook (Builders) Ltd

SF Planning achieved planning permission for new units at an existing rural employment site in Tewkesbury Borough for D A Cook (Builders) Ltd.



Working with A Clarke Design, planning permission was achieved on behalf of DA Cook Builders Ltd for the construction of 10 business start-up units to serve the local rural employment market. The site at Saberton Farm, Dumbleton is an ideal location for business growth given its position adjacent to the A46 and its subsequent good links to Tewkesbury, Evesham, Cheltenham and the M5.

Working for our long standing client, the planning permission builds upon the previous consent gained by SF Planning Ltd in 2019 to change the use of the former horticultural nursery site to a builders yard with some manufacturing activities and it enables our client to construct a development that complements the existing uses. The original permission consented the conversion of a traditional stone barn to office use and in doing so saved a characterful building from falling into disrepair. The most recent planning permission, is beneficial in not only supporting rural business growth but also compliments the activities carried out by DA Cook Builders.

It was necessary to be sensitive to the site’s location in the Cotswold AONB when preparing the application, and the consented scheme respects the design through considerate building design and sensitive landscape planting. The site’s location next to the A46 trunk road meant that the potential impact of introducing additional commercial vehicle traffic onto the network was considered appropriately. No objections were raised by either the Cotswold AONB board or Highways England in relation to these respective matters and planning permission was granted under delegated powers.

We are really pleased to have been able to secure planning permission for our client and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished development.








with SF Planning


Tel. 01242 231 575


Tel. 01452 527 997


Tel. 020 3763 8005

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