Polytunnels are often considered bad for the environment. Not only are they highly visually intrusive, but they also cover huge areas of land. Even when they are not in use, they still negatively impact the environment. In this article, we’ll look at some of the issues that may be involved.
In a world where freshwater and land resources are at a premium, polytunnels are a revolutionary way to grow crops. They create a climate-controlled growth capsule that reduces the carbon footprint of production. In addition, they help purify food during both the production and consumption stages. However, the costs associated with using polytunnels depend on how they are used.
For a more sustainable option, consider using a polytunnel that has insulated walls to keep the soil warm during the winter. These are usually double layers of polythene reinforced with nylon mesh to improve their insulation and durability. While these can be more expensive than regular polytunnels, they do not allow much light to penetrate the structure, making them less energy-efficient.
Polytunnels are tall and visually intrusive structures, often covering large areas of land. Even when they are not in use, they can have a negative impact on the surrounding area. Noise generated by polytunnels has also been reported by people living in the area. If you are planning to build a polytunnel, you should consider the local planning authority’s requirements and restrictions.
The development should be considerate of the landscape and if possible, engage with neighbouring residents and the Environment Agency. The planning application must be assessed in relation to the primary objectives and policies and should include a site plan and an annotated site plan. The site plan should show how the development will interact with the landscape and other land uses in the area.
While many people associate polytunnels with pollution, they are not bad for the environment. Rather, they can be a greener way to grow plants. They also allow organic gardening practices and reduce waste from leaving your property. They also help you to reuse plastic food packaging.
Polytunnels can extend the growing season for some crops, such as strawberries. They can also increase the variety of crops grown, while reducing the need for chemical sprays. They also allow harvesting to take place all season long, providing reasonable working conditions. What’s more, polytunnels are ideal for indoor growing, making them a sustainable choice.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to get a permit for a polytunnel. If so, it is important to check with the council office. If you are planning on using your greenhouse for commercial purposes, you should contact the local planning office for their guidelines.
One of the key questions for a polytunnel proposal is the economic viability of the structure. The answer will depend on the particular crop. Strawberry growers must consider the length of their growing season, which may be two or three years. They also need to consider the crop’s productivity levels.
Planning approval may be necessary to build a polytunnel. If it will have an agricultural use, a planning condition may be necessary to control its height. Noise from polytunnels is also an issue. The presence of polytunnels can lead to increased vehicular traffic, which may be a problem for neighbouring houses. Noise can also come from fruit pickers and weather conditions. The use of radios at high volumes can exacerbate general noise. Noise tends to be worse in the morning and evening.
The economic benefits of polytunnels should be weighed against any detrimental impact on local landscapes. Polytunnels should not replace native trees and vegetation, and should not deplete the local water supply. Landscapes with high levels of biodiversity should be given priority.
Impact on landscape
Polytunnels have a number of negative impacts on the landscape. Their industrial scale and lack of response to the site’s particular qualities will be out of character with rural Herefordshire landscapes. In addition, a vast expanse of plastic sheeting will detract from the visual amenities of its immediate surroundings and will have a detrimental effect on wider landscape views. Furthermore, the proposed development will be sited in a prominent position in the area, so the impact will be visible from a distance.
Before planning permission is obtained, applicants should consult the local planning authority and local community. In addition, they should engage with the Environment Agency to determine the site’s suitability. For example, a sieve map analysis may help determine sensitive areas and less appropriate areas for polytunnels. The cumulative impact of the development on the landscape should also be assessed.