Raynham Estate is asking planners for permission to set up an outdoor restaurant on some of its woodlands as part of its ongoing agricultural diversification programme.
The restaurant would be available for hire for private groups and for social, community and corporate events.
It is expected that the restaurant would operate approximately three days per month and would not be open during the winter.
In a statement to North Norfolk Council planners, he explains that the restaurant would be in an open-fronted timber-frame building with dining space for 40-50 seats. There would be a kitchen area in the back and a toilet nearby.
The design is similar to that of the estate’s glamping site and would be built at The Copse on approximately half an acre of land accessed by a farm track.
The Raynham Estate’s existing agricultural diversification projects focus on the leisure, tourism and food industry and include the glamping site, use of the walled garden for outdoor events and a new farm and restaurant at Lodge Farm, East Raynham.
The statement also states: “Diversifying farm operations in this way is important to the future success of the farm, providing additional income and helping to hedge against fluctuating commodity prices.
“The proposal would thus help to support traditional core farming activity, particularly in the post-Brexit era, as the UK farming industry adjusts to reduced reliance on direct farm subsidies.
“Furthermore, by expanding the range of high quality visitor and leisure facilities in the area, the proposal would indirectly benefit the local economy by providing additional opportunities for other related local businesses to capture visitor spending. .
“Furthermore, as part of the wider development of economic opportunities on the estate, the proposal would help generate additional revenue to help support the ongoing maintenance and restoration of Raynham’s historic assets.”