Plans for the new Black Pig farmhouse cafe in Heybridge

The owners of FARM applied to change the use of a barn to a restaurant after a catering company set up its cafe on the farm.

The Tallowin family, owners of Chigborough Farm in Heybridge, have submitted a retrospective planning request to Maldon District Council.

The plans relate to the change of use of an existing and previously vacant rural building on the site into a restaurant and associated parking.

Le Grenier, the barn that is the subject of this application, was originally used as a smokehouse and deli in 2004.

In 2010, the barn became a delicatessen, tearooms and gift shop which closed after a decade in 2020 due to Covid.

The smoke is now handled by Lambton and Jackson in their new purpose-built premises.

The Granary building therefore became vacant and Black Pig Catering moved to the site earlier this year.

Black Pig Catering is an established catering company founded in 2015.

He has been running a mobile catering service for events for several years and has now set up shop in the barn as a farm cafe.

No modification is proposed to the exterior of the building.

Inside the building there would be a kitchen area, cutlery for 40 guests, a disabled toilet and a unisex toilet.

Visitors would use an existing parking area and 23 additional parking spaces on the site are allocated to the change in use proposed in the application.

A planning statement adds that the site is sustainable and would support the region’s economy as well as rural businesses.

He says: “This proposal is for a new restaurant as a diversification proposal for landowners, which would efficiently use an existing rural building while making a positive contribution to the local economy.

“The location of the site, close to several caravan and holiday parks and with links to the many leisure activities already available, is a sustainable and suitable location for the restaurant. ”

Chigborough Farm has another established and successful on-site restaurant, Rubino Kitchen, which has received the Michelin Plate Award for good food.

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