Food Enterprise Zone
Following the decision to participate in DEFRA’s Food Enterprise
Zone pilot the LEP and Cornwall Council selected two Food Enterprise Zones and
are in the process of working with the owners of the chosen sites to fast-track
the expansion of local food and farming businesses.
Cornwall is one of 17 areas in England awarded a share of £830,000 of government funding to develop Food Enterprise Zones.
Following a call for expressions of interest by the LEP, two zones are under development. They include the creation of a food artisan village at Norton Barton Farm just outside Bude which is already home to a number of local food producers, and new dairy production facilities at Trewithen Dairy near Lostwithiel.
In July 2016 the Norton Barton Artisan Food Village secured its
Local Development Order which creates a planning framework for the development
of the site over the next 20 years. Work is already underway to help 2
businesses on the site to “scale up” in order to supply their expanding markets
and improve their productivity. Both these business secured grant support
from the EAFRD Growth Programme and the FEZ status formed part of their
applications. Other businesses are also expressing interest to locate on
the site and the LDO has been a key factor in their decision making
process. Details of the Norton Barton Local Development Order can be
found at Norton
Barton Artisan Food Village, Launcells, Bude Local Development Order - Cornwall
The Local Development Order process for the Trewithen Dairy site is still on-going whilst the site owners consider their future business development needs.
The Cornwall Agri-food Council, LEP and Cornwall Council are also working with other sites, identified through the original expression of interest process to see if they can be progressed as all partners see the focus created by Food Enterprise Zone status as being a useful way of encouraging clustering and accelerating growth and productivity.
Last updated: May 2017