Farm hopes to open cider and wine production unit

PUBLISHED: 11:55 15 July 2017

Planning permission for the wine production unit is being sought from North Somerset Council.

Planning permission for the wine production unit is being sought from North Somerset Council.

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An 'innovative' wine and cider production facility could be opened on a North Somerset farm, if planning permission is granted.

A pair of agricultural barns could be transformed to house the alcohol-production facility in future after permission was sought from North Somerset Council.

It is planned for Failand Farm, in Green Lane, after the site was sold to new owners recently.

The application has been made by Matthew Stephenson and planning consultants LPC explained how the business would work. It said the business would have a ‘significant benefit’ to the district’s economy.

LPC’s Chris Dance said: “My client has recently acquired the farm and the whole purpose behind this scheme is to create a complementary new business activity that will work in a harmonious relationship with the agricultural activities that will continue on the farmland.

“Essentially these will relate to the growing of crops (grapes and apples) that will serve as the primary products for the wine and cider production.

“In the initial period as the crops at the farm mature fruit will be supplied from other local vineyards and orchards.

“The primary ethos behind the scheme is to create naturally-produced wines and ciders using sustainable and environmentally-friendly methods.”

LPC says new jobs will be created at the farm, assuming North Somerset Council grants planning permission to the project.

In the late-summer and autumn it is anticipated that five to seven full-time employees will be required, with a couple fewer needed during less arduous times of the year.

LPC though is very hopeful the project will be given the green light by North Somerset.

Mr Dance said: “This is an innovative and highly commendable new business venture that will be of significant benefit to the rural economy of North Somerset, and I trust will be warmly welcomed by the council.”

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