Flintshire dairy farm in milkshake machine battle with council resubmits planning application

A dairy farm, which offers bottled milk and milkshakes from vending machines, have resubmitted an application for planning permission.

Self-serve machines were installed at Mynydd Mostyn farm in Trelogan, near Holywell, at the start of last year and proved to be extremely popular.

But Flintshire Council said the farmers, Einion and Elliw Jones, needed planning approval for the shed which houses the machines.

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The Jones’ had argued planning permission was not required as it fitted in with the wider farm activities.

But council officials denied a request for a lawful development certificate to be issued in respect of the machines due to the scale of the milk vending business and lack of adequate parking.

Last week a fresh planning application was filed with Flintshire Council by agents acting for the Jones family.

It is described on the council’s planning portal online as an “application for the operation of a dairy vending machine/farm shop and all associated works” but no other details are currently available save for a location map.

In a report to the planning committee last August officials said the site is only accessible by vehicle, and at peak times it appears that the provision of parking is not adequate. The site is highly unsustainable.



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“The retail activity is on a large scale with many customers traveling by car, to the site. The use is available 24 hours a day.

“For the reasons outlined above I am concerned that due to the level of activity the business has a very distinct and separate character to the existing farm use,” an officer said.

The report concluded the development should not be classed as lawful development

The machines, which pump out milk provided by the farm’s 280-strong herd of Jersey-cross milking cows, have proven incredibly popular with people who travel from far and wide to buy the various products available.

When it opened in January 2021 the business made headlines when police told customers to leave the site or risk being fined for breaching Covid rules.

Similar milk vending machines have been set up on several other farms across North Wales and have proved to be just as popular.

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