Farmer fears for his business

A LITTLE Blakenham farmer today told of his fears that his business would be destroyed if SnOasis was built on his doorstep.Hop plant farmer Steve Wright fears light pollution from the giant winter sports resort will confuse his crops and meddle with their growing patterns, undermining his family business.

Grant Sherlock

A LITTLE Blakenham farmer today told of his fears that his business would be destroyed if SnOasis was built on his doorstep.

Hop plant farmer Steve Wright fears light pollution from the giant winter sports resort will confuse his crops and meddle with their growing patterns, undermining his family business.

His fears were heightened by the government's finding that it would be inevitable SnOasis would lead to “some sky glow”.

Mr Wright today pledged to continue his fight against Onslow Suffolk's plans and called on government to withdraw its backing.

He said: “I haven't given up yet. I will be putting my case forward again.

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“It will probably make my greenhouses inoperable and it would close my business down. The plants are very, very light sensitive. If there's night time light pollution I'm in serious trouble.

“I'd have to seriously consider my future - whether I'd have to rebuild somewhere else I don't know.”

Mr Wright, 50, whose property Ingham's Farm in Valley Road, backs on to the south side of the quarry site owned by Onslow, supplies hop plants to hops growers in the UK, Belgium, France and Slovenia.

He said there was widespread disappointment in the village over the government's decision to give its conditional backing.

“There's a long way to go yet to prove it's sustainable,” he said.

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