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Dairy Cow Buildings Approved with Slurry Storage Facilities

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Acorus are delighted to have assisted a dairy farmer gain planning approval for two additional cattle buildings with underground slurry storage beneath on a family run farm that has been in operation since the 1970s.

The farm processes and bottles all the milk produced on farm and the business has its own milk-round and, also sells the bottled milk to other milk-round operators.

Full planning permission was sought and approved for the buildings which provides improved welfare for the dairy cows and the additional slurry storage means the farm is provided with over six months capacity.

Agricultural Buildings

In this case a planning application in full was submitted to the Local Planning Authority providing details of the proposed buildings including scale and appearance, layout, and access.  A planning statement was supported by detailed plans and elevations and site location and block plans.

Had permitted development rights applied to this proposal, a Prior Notification (also referred to as a 28 Day Notice) could have been submitted to the Local Planning Authority for them to consider the development. 

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) England Order 2015, Part 6, Class A, allows Agricultural Development on holdings of 5 hectares (12.35 acres) or more provided that:-

There are separate Permitted Development right ‘rules’ for holdings of less than 5 hectares (12.35 acres).

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Building Design

Acorus in-house design/drawing team work closely with each other and the client to produce the best building for its intended use and location on site in line with current legislation, welfare regulations, health and safety as well as economics. 

Plans and elevations were produced providing 74 cubicle spaces in each building for the dairy cows with feed area and underground slurry storage.  Both buildings will enhance the existing welfare standards on the farm.

The proposed buildings are of a steel portal frame structure with concrete wall panels and timber boarding with fibre cement roof sheets including clear Perspex roof lights.

Slurry Storage

The existing slurry storage facilities at the farm were limited providing less than two months storage of slurry production. 


The additional storage will more than satisfy the current SSAFO (Silage Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) Regulations providing in total over six months storage, the minimum being four months, which will ensure the best use of the slurry in terms of its timing of application to the grassland as an organic fertilizer, and also ensure that the risks of a pollution incident occurring at the farm is minimised.

The new slurry storage facility will potentially be eligible for the ‘Slurry Infrastructure Grant’, which will be available later in the summer.

See link for further information About the Slurry Infrastructure grant – GOV.UK (

If you are considering a new agricultural building and would like to discuss your options, please contact us.


Julie Milne

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and colleague Julie Milne has passed away. Julie was our Finance

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