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Oakley site planning application for farm shop and cafe under consideration

A planning application has been submitted to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council which proposes to build a farm shop and cafe at Warren Hill Farms in Oakley.

The application, which is currently under consideration, was put forward on December 23 by Savills (UK) Ltd.

It will see a 1.53 hectare site just north of the B1118 and adjacent to the A140, developed as an expansion of the farm’s business, if it is approved.

How the farm shop will look if it's construction is approved.
How the farm shop will look if it's construction is approved.

In a statement on the application form, the a representative of Savills (UK) Ltd said: “The proposal would support the continued diversification of an existing land based business which would support the rural economy.”

George West, who helps manage Warren Hill Farms described the project as “an opportunity to offer customers sustainable local produce, grown on the farm or nearby”.

He added: “The venture would reduce the products supply chain, allowing our customers the chance to purchase food with little to no food miles. We hope the shop can act as a showcase for the excellent food grown in and around Waveney Valley, enhancing the relationship that the public have with local produce.”

An area of agricultural land is earmarked for the development, which has not yet broken ground, and an estimated 20 jobs will be created if it is approved.

Proposed opening hours for the new farm shop and cafe, which will be accessed via the B1118, are 8.30am to 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday, and 9.30am to 7.30pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

A decision on the plans is expected in the coming weeks.

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