We are pleased to report that we have secured planning permission for Caddis Forestry to expand their innovative business at a new site in the Green Belt.  Wharfe Rural Planning Consultants have helped Caddis Foresty develop a pioneering business model as part of their sustainable forestry enterprise.  The risks and rewards of producing timber are shared through a joint venture, this has brought 180 acres of previously derelict woodland in Cheshire back in to active management.  Caddis undertake the full life cycle from collecting seed, planting, managing, and harvesting timber and finally converting rough hewn logs in to a saleable product.  However which of these processes can be included as forestry under planning law is not obvious.  Agriculture is clearly defined in the Town and Country Planning Act but forestry does not enjoy the same lucidity.  Obviously forestry cannot be an activity limited to the growing of timber as that precludes the basic operation of felling but can it include storing timber for seasoning, storing tools and vehicles used in forestry operations, the processing of timber in to sawn planks, firewood, biomass, charcoal can it include the laying of a road or the construction of a dwelling?  There are a number of appeal cases that add to the debate ultimately until a plain unambiguous definition is set by statue applications for development for the purposes of forestry must be carefully crafted and negotiated with the Local Planning Authority for a successful outcome.