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Poacher's Rest barn

New green barn is a dazzler

This dazzling new farm building at Poacher’s Rest, Clayhidon has caught parish councillors and neighbours by surprise as planning rules meant it did not require local consultation. 

It's a temporary straw and hay store erected near Bar Park by young farmers Malcolm and Rachel Fairhurst, who are moving from Kilve to set up an organic smallholding with goats and chickens. 

Parish councillor Graham Langford has written to Mid Devon District Council, who approved the barn, raising concerns about its “extremely bright” PVC skin, a “unique building material” for the Blackdown Hills AONB. 

Malcolm said they chose green as it was a more natural colour than the alternatives – orange and red. He gave an assurance that it was temporary, and that after three to four years it would be replaced with a permanent building of standard wooden design.