Norton Barton Artisan Food Village
Norton Barton is already home to a number of local food producers. 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. Investment Grants have been secured from the EAFRD Growth Programme by three business on this site which has led to the expansion or “scale up” of Popti Bakery and Cornish Charcuterie and the creation of a new business The Cornish Distilling Company. In addition improvements to the road access have been made and connectivity to superfast broadband is also being investigated.
Details of the Norton Barton Local Development Order can be found here
Trewithen Dairy near Lostwithiel was the other site selected to be an FEZ. Business need has overtaken the LDO process for this site and recent expansions on the site have been subject to normal planning applications rather than as part of an LDO process. Now that these planning applications have been successful and the construction work is underway the owners of the site and Cornwall Council are reconvening to discuss whether an LDO structure on the site is still required. If it is progress towards an LDO will begin again later in 2018.
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 and the possible use of LDO’s as being a useful way of encouraging clustering and accelerating growth and productivity.