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Plans submitted for Trefresa Farm redevelopment

Published November 19th, 2020

A planning application has been submitted to Cornwall Council to redevelop Trefresa Farm, close to Rock in north Cornwall.

Owner Will Herrmann is working to bring the 114 acre farm back to life as a community hub, boutique hotel, spa, restaurant, and micro-distillery, alongside the existing agricultural business.

“We were delighted to see so many members of the local community join us at the farm in September at our public consultation event,” said Will.

“We had some great feedback, and in the weeks since have been finalising our planning application, and ensuring the points raised by the community are addressed.”

The Trefresa Farm project is set to create 85 direct local jobs, following a period of delicate and sensitive development.

Local suppliers and contractors will be appointed, using traditional Cornish materials and craftsmanship. Many of the existing buildings, including the Grade II listed farmhouse, will be carefully restored.

The final development will comprise 24 hotel rooms, and additional guest accommodation across 22 lodges and two treehouses, discreetly integrated into areas of woodland. The site will be predominantly car-free, with access to the lodges provided via raised walkways – minimising the environmental impact.

Vibrant biodiversity is being promoted through the preservation and creation of habitats, including the restoration of hedgerows and banks, and planting new trees and meadows. Overall, the development proposals will result in a biodiversity net gain in excess of 15%.

Will continued: “Our research on the history of Trefresa Farm revealed there was a once a townplace located at the heart of the farm, which was a shared space used by multiple tenants. Considered archetypically Cornish, the townplace would have been a shared central area around which a hamlet of dispersed farm cottages cluster, and used as a community gathering place.

“Over time and with single ownership, the townplace and access routes through the farm were lost to make way for industrial farm buildings. Our development proposal seeks to reinstate this idea of the townplace, and create a valuable amenity for the north Cornwall community.”

Trefresa Farm, which is within walking distance of Rock, will also include restaurants with all-day dining options, leisure and spa facilities, co-working space, and a micro-distillery.

The proposals also ensure ongoing investment in the land, which will secure the long-term success of the existing agricultural enterprise. Significant work is already underway to implement a management plan for the farm to improve the quality of the land, both in terms of its biodiversity and environmental value.

If the planning is approved, work will begin in 2021, with plans to open in early 2023.

Trefresa Farm will become home to Porthilly Spirit Distillery, a micro-distillery which launched its first products earlier this year. The farm also hosts seasonal events throughout the year, including next month’s Christmas at the Farm, and the Porthilly Spirit Festival in May.

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