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Major tractor dealership plans given approval

24 February 2017

We have granted planning permission for a major new tractor dealership to be built on land near the M6 motorway.

The showroom and service centre, specialising in the John Deere range of agricultural machinery, will be constructed next to the auction mart at Crooklands near Kendal, close to junction 36.       

The development is expected to create up to 30 new jobs.

Our Planning Committee agreed that the chosen site, which is already supporting farmers and the rural economy, was the perfect location for the new tractor dealership.     

Councillor Graham Vincent, our portfolio holder for the economy, said: “Planning permission was granted unanimously for this major development which will bring welcome investment and jobs into South Lakeland. The auction mart and livestock market has already become a successful rural hub where this large tractor dealership and service centre will sit perfectly.

“John Deere is a global brand and we are delighted the company wants to invest in the infrastructure and future of South Lakeland.”

The Planning Committee was told the new tractor dealership and agricultural service centre was predicted to have an annual turnover of around £18million.

The business will be run by Cornthwaite Agricultural Ltd, specialists who already hold the franchise for John Deere in Lancashire and Cheshire.             

“As a council we are committed to delivering opportunities for sustainable economic growth across South Lakeland and this development represents a very exciting opportunity which we have been delighted to support and approve,” added Cllr Vincent.    

Construction work on the new tractor dealership is expected to start in the next few months.