Alan has today released a letter to the Co-Operative Group in which he calls on them to ensure their current farmland at Stoughton is sold to an agricultural user, not to a developer.
The Co-Op recently confirmed its intention to sell off The Co-Operative Farms, including at Stoughton in Alan’s constituency, as part of its review into its business operations.
In response, Alan has called for confirmation that the Co-Op will not cash in by selling to a housing developer and will instead honour its commitment to sustainable and ethical farming by selling to agricultural users.
Alan said: ‘The clear response to the Co-Op’s announcement is that we want farmland, not houses at Stoughton. Residents will understandably have at the front of their minds the proposed eco-town we saw off a few years ago. This is agricultural land and, even if the Co-Op decides it can no longer operate there, Stoughton’s agricultural character and the jobs it brings must be protected.’