Asparagus plans for former farm of convicted murderer Adrian Prout upset Redmarley residents
POLYTUNNEL plans for the former farm of a convicted murderer have upset neighbours.
The Chinn family, from Ross-on-Wye, wants to grow asparagus at Springfield Farm, Redmarley – formerly killer Adrian Prout's Redhill Farm.
He is serving a life sentence with an 18 year minimum after being found guilty four years ago of killing his wife.
Kate Prout disappeared in November 2007. Four years later, Adrian failed a lie detector test and showed detectives where he had buried her in neighbouring Cobhill Wood.
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The farm was sold for £1.6 million a week before he admitted strangling her.
The Chinns want to put 20 hectares under polythene tunnels to propagate asparagus.
Some residents have objected to the planning application, currently being considered by Forest of Dean District Council.
Charles Crawshaw has voiced objections on several grounds.
"The supporting documentation consistently downplays and ignores many factors that if this planning application is successful will have a dramatic effect on the quality of the environment and also the enjoyment of many groups of people using this rural area," he wrote.
Others said it would "attack the characteristics" of the village.
Chris Chinn said: "The tunnels and reservoir in this planning application are required to produce 200 tonnes per year of extended season asparagus. This production will save 2,000 tonnes of airfreight carbon dioxide emissions every year."