An application for outline planning permission has been submitted to Broadland District Council for a farm shop, bistro and touring camping site at Eve’s Hill, Norwich Road, Booton.
The plan has been prepared by CAM Architects of Norwich on behalf of R S Buxton & Partners and includes a new vehicular access from Norwich Road, as well as a new farmhouse, specialist cattle housing buildings and a DIY livery operation for eight horses.
Eve’s Hill is owned and has been farmed as part of Town Farm, Church Road, Booton, for several years by Robert and Rita Buxton. Their son, Jeremy, has been incorporated into the partnership with a view to him having complete control of the business within a few years.
The applicant says a camp site for caravans and tents, initially with visitors during the summer, provides an opportunity to establish a small farm shop and bistro that will be open year round, selling local produce and providing some catering.
It is planned to continue establishing a pedigree herd of Hereford cattle of around 20 cows alongside the tourism enterprise. The existing farming business currently has no onsite accommodation and is said to lack suitable buildings to house a pedigree herd.
The proposed camp site area will, depending on layout and demand, accommodate around six caravans and four tents, and will include dedicated onsite shower and toilet facilities.
The farm shop plans to sell locally produced fresh food, including vegetables, fruit, meat and other products such as honey, juices and drinks, providing an outlet for local producers to supply to the wider Reepham market.
It is also envisaged that almost nine hectares of field margin paths will be provided on the farm for livery users to hack out on.
The area includes quiet roads and several public rights of way open to horse riders, including a route from Eve’s Hill to join the Marriott’s Way at Blackwater Bridge via the public bridleway over Fiddler’s Hill.
Broadland District Council’s planning department has yet to give a decision on this outline planning application, which was submitted in mid-March.
View the associated documents related to planning application no. 20140474 HERE
Download the proposed general arrangement layout