POPULAR FISHING BUSINESS LOOKING TO DEVELOP AS 4 NEW BREEDING PONDS PROPOSED TO PLANNERS – Island Echo

A popular island business that breeds Carp is looking to expand its premises as the business continues to boom.

Downend-based Combley Farm already have an established carp farming business but have sent an application to Isle of Wight Council as they look to expand the business.

In a major development, 4 new fish farming ponds and a store building are proposed for fish farming and lakes.

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Planning documents – submitted by Constable Norman White – say work is planned to increase the supply of fish to angling businesses nationally, as well as on the island.

The store building will include holding tanks and filters to keep carp healthy, prior to export, as well as storage of fish feed. The new lakes will have an average depth of 2.2m, encouraging carp to grow rapidly, Mr White said, to a size acceptable to the fishing community.

The store building will be kept to the minimum size necessary to accommodate commercial vehicles and machinery and colored green to ensure it would not be intrusive to the locality, with further development, Mr White said, ne would cause no loss to other Farm Activities.

You can consult the plans 22/01274/FUL and 22/01091/FUL on the municipal planning register. Comments can be submitted until September 12.

The Environment Agency had no objections to the additional fish ponds.

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