New farm shop in Harleston approved

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A proposal for a new farm shop and cafe on the outskirts of Harleston has been approved by South Norfolk Council.

The plan, for a single storey premises at Hill Farm submitted by John Renault, would have a footprint of 150 sq metres, a hard standing parking facilities for 20 vehicles, and would be fully equipped for disabled customers.

In planning documents to the council, it is thought in the height of the summer up to 40 vehicle-owning customers would visit the cafe.

Planning officers had recommended refusal on the application, citing it would not help support the town, not considered to represent a farm diversification project, and not necessary to the agricultural operations of the current farm.

Harleston with Redenhall Town Council expressed concern over the access of the proposed new building, due to fast-moving and frequent traffic, although Norfolk County Council Highways Department were happy with revisions made to the plan.