Fordhall’s stage two gets the green light!

Whoop whoo! Our planning application for the buildings has been accepted!!

For the last three years the Fordhall Community Land Initiative (FCLI) has been planning the development of the Old Dairy and other vital infrastructure improvements at Fordhall, and all this hard work was rewarded last week.

Everyone is very excited as this paves the way for the FCLI to really make the most of Fordhall.

The complete vision, that began in 2006 when the farm was saved from development, is about to turn into reality 🙂

Jack Tavernor, one of our wonderful board members and chairman of our Building Working Group says “After the huge struggle to purchase the farm planning approval is fantastic news. It is an essential part of our business plan and emphasises the fact that the Fordhall Community Land Initiative is investing in its infrastructure and moving forwards.”

The plan is to renovate the Old Dairy to include space for a classroom, toilets, a local food tearoom, new offices and a new farm shop and butchery. The hope is that schools will have a dry place to gather, our office will now have an indoor toilet and running water, and visitors will be able to grab a healthy and seasonal bite to eat when they visit the farm.

We are working with some wonderful people on this project including Ian from Seven Architecture and Gavin from WCP, both of whom are enabling us to stay on budget whilst creating a creative sustainable building that will ensure Fordhall remains as a beacon for community ownership across the country.
This a large project and it will be a large learning curve for us all, but we are looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully, by this time next year, you will be able to eat a Fordall steak sandwich or a fresh, organic tomato soup on the farm!


Comments: 18

  1. Dear Charlotte, Ben and everyone,

    Many congratulations, you must all be delighted. I would love to come up
    again one day and will try and do so for your grand opening at the very

  2. This is awesome news, Charlotte, many congratulations!
    Looking forward to seeing you again, although it now won’t be at the Open Day in
    July, unfortunately, as the new date doesn’t work for us.
    Delighted to read on your blog that the roof is finished… what a relief!
    Best wishes to everyone at Fordhall and the FCLI from the Kings in Kent.
    Ruth and Jason xxx

  3. Dear Charlotte,

    Congratulations. Unfortunately, with my wife bedfast, it is not possible for
    us to attend anything.

    With regards,


  4. Congratulations to you all at Fordhall Farm.

    We will await further developments.


    Bridget & Trevor

  5. Fantastic news! Well done all of you for your hard work and

    Nicola, S. Yorks

  6. To all at Fordhall

    Congratulations! What excellent news. We look forward to further

    Juliet & David Amery

  7. Great to hear the news about the moving on with the plans for the development of the
    Old Dairy. It certainly takes a while and having to hang in, trusting that the
    universe will support the new venture.
    Go well and know that there are supporters out here willing you onwards and upwards!
    West Mids

  8. Super news!I am just sorry I live too far away to be involved.Carry on the good
    work, and I will await news of progress with the “new” Old Diary project.Cheers,Mike

  9. so pleased to hear this news.
    Congratulations- a real recognition of all your hard work-well done

  10. Dear Charlotte, Ben and everyone,

    Many congratulations, you must all be delighted. I would love to come up
    again one day and will try and do so for your grand opening at the very
    Penny in Hampshire

  11. Congrats from us, Matthew and Sally. Look forward to helping in any way we
    Sally and Matthew

  12. Congratulations! Well done to all concerned. We look forward to a future
    visit with locally grown lunch (in due course!)

    Norman Lindsey, Reading

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