Planning granted for gamekeeper’s cottage

Published August 6th, 2019

Planners in Shropshire have granted planning permission for a gamekeeper’s cottage to be built on a farm near Shrewsbury ensuring the future sustainability of a growing rural business.

The planning application was made by Berrys on behalf of Jane Hulton-Harrop for the Gatten Shoot based at Pollardine Farm, Gatten near Pontesbury after the tenancy on the gamekeeper’s current accommodation came to an end. The shoot is one of the best shoots for ‘high birds’ in the country.

Mandy Seedhouse, the planning consultant at Berrys who prepared the application, said the dwelling was vital as the gamekeeper needed to be on the site all year round to rear and care for the breeding and young birds, protect them from predators and run the shoot during the shooting season.

“Planning applications for gamekeeper’s cottages are rarely granted but we were able to demonstrate within our planning application how the success and continued growth of the shooting enterprise was reliant on the ability to provide gamekeeper’s accommodation and was also essential to the stability of the whole family business,” she said.

“The need for the gamekeeper to live on site needed to be clearly justified and the financial stability of the shoot demonstrated.”

The Gatten Shoot has a very good reputation for producing ‘high’ (above 45ft and hard to shoot) and ‘sporting’ birds. It regularly features in countryside publications including the Horse and Hound magazine and The Shooting Gazette. The shoot has been significantly improved by the Hulton-Harrop family over the last 30 years and has built up a reputation as one of the best shoots for high birds in the country. It is a good employer of local labour for beating and catering during the 12-week shooting season as well as the two full time gamekeepers.

As well as securing the planning permission Berrys also prepared the drawings for the dwelling. Architectural technician Pauline Hitchcock designed a three-bedroom property with a cottagey feel to be in-keeping with the surrounding area while adhering to the 100sqm. limit on floor area for rural occupational dwellings.

“As well as justifying the need for the dwelling, the site had to be carefully chosen to meet the needs of the business but also to mitigate any visual impact or impact on the landscape with the farm being within the Shropshire Hills AONB” Mandy explained.

Mrs Hulton-Harrup is delighted with the planning approval for the dwelling to allow the continued success of the Gatten Shoot. It follows the granting of planning permission to convert part of an existing barn into shooting facilities.

“I have been able to build high quality shoot facilities where shooting guests can relax and eat, with a kitchen and toilets inside one of our unused barns,” she said. “This enhances the shoot and proved to be most successful last season.

“With the shoot doing well and the shoot room up and running, I am so relieved and thankful that accommodation will soon be permanently available for the keeper and his family,” added Mrs Hulton-Harrop.

For further details contact Mandy Seedhouse at Berrys on 01743 267066 email