VISION: Farming and horticulture that is viable, successful and resilient to contribute to the rural economy and landscape.

This could be achieved by:

* More sharing of knowledge, good practice and innovation
* Improved public awareness of farming and food issues
* Skills development in farming including technology, IT and apprenticeships
* A better appreciation from local authority planners of the need of farmers
* Expansion of local food production, markets and public procurement
* More co-operation and co-operatives for producing, marketing and selling


Answer – Agree

It is not the role of local authority planners to be supportive of farmers and promote their interests exclusively. We have seen in the last few weeks floods caused by excessive run-off from fields being farmed for corn that goes either as animal feed or to the worldwide automotive bio-fuel market. It is not the job of SCC to act as commercial 'cheer leader' for farmers. 

The major supermarkets have created a situation where more than 50% of UK food is imported and over two-thirds of land needed for UK’s food is based abroad. So why are we proposing in Normandy to build houses on over 70 hectares of historically farmed Grade 3 agricultural land in the Green Belt and build 3,000 executive dwellings on Blackwell Farm where Grade 2 and 3A agricultural land exists?

Normandy already has an organic meat business. In our area, the north slopes of the Hogs Back are already intensively contract farmed and are about to be included in the Surrey Hills AONB.

Who determines what is "good practice"? If we mean the Soil Association, or other bodies who have responsibility to the wider environment, the community and to public health, then yes; if it means more development of solar farms on farmland, then emphatically no.  With a growing population, farmland that is sustainably farmed and that can provide simultaneous flood prevention for towns and settlements, is of crucial importance. We would imagine any form of co-operative organisation would not chime with current government polemic.

Wednesday the 20th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template