Farmer's business park

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 10 June 2010

A DAIRY farmer has sold all his cows to set up a small-scale business park which will create a number of jobs. The rapid decline of the dairy market led Richard House, of Venmore Farm, outside of Woodbury, to sell his 400 cows two years ago and create t

A DAIRY farmer has sold all his cows to set up a small-scale business park - which will create a number of jobs.The rapid decline of the dairy market led Richard House, of Venmore Farm, outside of Woodbury, to sell his 400 cows two years ago and create the Woodbury Business Park.The estate has 125 self-storage facilities, which were opened this week, and will have five office units, housed in 1840s renovated barns, open in January.The farm has been in the family since 1962, when Mr House's parents moved in with just six cows. It was used for intensive dairy farming, although only organic produce is now grown."Throughout the bad 10 to 12 years we were told to diversify. With the links to Exmouth and Exeter, we will be able to offer an alternative in a nice rural location," he said. "East Devon District council were very keen we offered office space to create employment."One of the site's first tenants will be Maclellan Physio, Rehab and Lifestyle Centre, currently based at Exeter University. They will have consulting rooms, a rehabilation room and pilates studio in the unit. Cannondale Bikes will be setting up in one of the units, as well as Exeter Man and Van. There are three barns still empty.

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