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Change of Use: Transforming Historic Farm Buildings into a Vibrant Food Village

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Summary We are pleased to see the Franks Farm Food Park (Franks Farm | Real Fresh Local Food) up and running following being granted planning permission for the change of use of old farm buildings into a mixed use food hub.

Proposal The approved proposal was for full planning permission for a mixed-use food hub with additional parking.

Historically old farm buildings including a piggery, potato sheds, workshop, grain store cleaner and dryer were converted to offices in 1999.  The application sought a change of use of these old farm buildings to retail. The goal was to create a mixed-use food village that not only addresses the lost essential services in the local community but also offer educational classes on food production, involving local schools and the broader community. Thanks to the planning permission consent, the site now boasts a variety of units including a butcher, sourdough bakery, cake maker, biscotti & pasta maker and community café, deli and local produce store – all conveniently located with ample parking.

Our Advice Parker Planning Services played a pivotal role in managing the application process, providing a Planning Statement, Retail Impact Assessment, drawings and facilitating further specialist surveys such as a Heritage Statement and Transport Statement to accompany the application. The Planning Statement gave a comprehensive review of the context for development considering relevant local and national planning policy and guidance, weighing in on the significant benefits this scheme will have on the rural area.

Outcome It was agreed that the change of use would help to meet the needs of the NPPF to promote social interaction and enable and support healthy lifestyles, as well as being deemed acceptable on highways and heritage grounds. The scheme was therefore approved and is now fully operational.

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