Coffee roasting

Cheshire West: establishing a new coffee roasting business

A NEW coffee roasting business is to establish a base in West Cheshire after the council gave the green light to plans to continue.

Last year Cheshire West and Chester Council received an application to change the use of part of a farm building off Caldwell’s Gate Lane, Arley, to a coffee roastery.

The applicant’s son, who had been living in Brazil for eight years when the application was submitted, intends to move to Cheshire to develop the new business on the site.

And now work can begin to convert the site into a coffee roastery after council planners granted permission earlier this month.

A planning statement, prepared by Civitas Planning Limited on behalf of the claimant, stated: “The intention is for the family to develop a new business on the premises, coffee roasting.

“The finished product will then be sold online via subscription sales or wholesale to independent cafes.

“The plaintiff’s son has lived in Brazil for eight years and has established a skill and knowledge base with contacts there and across South America and believes there is a continuing market for small batch products. UK.

“This application aims to make the most of an existing building that is currently redundant.

“The building is structurally sound and easily amenable to conversion into a coffee roastery, thus reintroducing economic use to this site.

“It is considered that this proposal represents a comprehensive and sustainable redevelopment of this site which will not have a greater impact on the opening up of the green belt, or the objectives of including land in the green belt than the existing development on the site. ”

According to the planning statement, imported green coffee beans will be delivered to the site in 60 kg bags every one to two months, with the processed product being collected from the site between one and five times a week.

He adds that the coffee will usually be roasted in batches, with each roast taking 20 to 30 minutes and the operational capacity of the machine is 12 kg.

This means that 10 batches per day would produce 120 kg of roasted coffee and the roaster would run for about five hours. The planning statement indicates that it is planned to take place only once or twice a week.

The premises will be staffed with a maximum of two people and will operate primarily between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, although occasional weekend work will be required.

This will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday or on public holidays.

For application details, search for reference 21/00747/FUL on the council’s online planning portal.