Farm building to be transformed into cafe

Stock picture of diners <i>(Image: St Margaret's House)</i>
Stock picture of diners (Image: St Margaret's House)

A CAFÉ BAR is to be created from a redundant farm building at Motcombe to serve a glamping business.

Dorset Council has agreed the change of use at Bittles Brook Farm, Motcombe Road together with the demolition of an existing lean-to, which will be rebuilt.

Vegetables from the site’s market garden will be used in the café along with other locally-sourced produce, according to the planning application.

“As Motcombe’s population grows, there is increased demand for an establishment where people can meet and socialise with good food, drinks and a friendly atmosphere. Our plan is to utilise a redundant farm building for the café and rebuild an existing structure for use as a studio space… “We strongly believe that this project will enhance our expanding village and benefit our local economy whilst reviving our old working farm buildings and sustaining the family business,” said the application.

A disused riding area on the site will be converted into a 20-space car park with room for outdoor seating.

Concerns were raised by the parish council and two neighbours about the extra traffic likely to be created by the new venture with others welcoming the change of use.