Environmental impact: Can it stop the job?
Farming Monthly National|July 2020
Environmental impact: Can it stop the job?
Cash flow is important fuel for any business. The impediments to cash flow are many, and as the current pandemic is showing, can bludgeon an unexpected visit direct to the front door of a business and put a padlock on it. Another potential padlock to business, one that quite correctly needs to be negotiated through the many requirements of 2020 life, is the planning process.
Jamie Robertson
The repeated iterations of the planning process can delay a project for many months longer than expected, or even stop it happening at all. From slow cash flow to no cash flow.

Recent events have drawn me back to helping with the planning process for livestock buildings in the UK, an area of work left behind 15 years ago to focus on animal health. What has caught my attention in the last 12 months is twofold: there are increasing numbers of individuals attached to the planning process, and the bigger picture of progress is sometimes lost to the insular view of some specialists and interest groups.

Environmental impact has become a major topic for the planning process, not before time. But who is collecting the correct information, and which parts are valid to the planning discussion? Agriculture does not have a good track record on diffuse pollution and we need to plan and act in line with standards applied by other industries.

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July 2020