A PLAN to build a new events building at a city farm to include an ice cream parlour and café has been submitted.

The plan for expansion of Manor Farm, off Malvern Road, includes a ‘rustic’ T-shaped modern barn building with outdoor seating and a play area which would be used as a venue for farm visits, educational workshops, farmers and arts and craft markets as well as cookery lessons.

The building would sit next to the farm’s glamping site, Worcester Glamping.

The farm - owned by the Bennetts family - intends to source from local breweries and stock its cafe with locally produced goods and products - as well as beef which the farm has recently started producing - and others meats and dairy products.

The farm also hopes to host regular farmers markets and arts and crafts fairs to support other local farmers and artisans.

The farm sees its expansion as a chance to support other local businesses when it hosts weddings - particularly at weekends - when guests use local bed and breakfasts, hotels and pubs and local butchers and fish and chip shops as well as other mobile caterers, florists, photographers and other wedding businesses.

In a design statement included with the application, the farm said it wanted to provide a family and dog-friendly meeting place in the countryside for the southern edge of Worcester.

The plan has already received enthusiastic support from neighbours and visitors to the nearby glamping site who have welcomed the farm’s expansion.

Comments submitted in support of the plan include Anne-Marie Howe, of Bath Road, who said: “It would be lovely to have a family friendly place in that area.

“We often go for walks across the Diglis Bridge but there is not much around, especially for children.

“I strongly support local farmers and it would be so nice to have an independent place to go to in that area.”

Jessica-Layne Walker of Pike Close said: “It sounds wonderful to have somewhere to go outdoors with a cafe and play area.

“Soft plays are great but encouraging outdoor activity is so important. I think south Worcester would really benefit from this.”

Consultation on the plan ends on April 11 and comments can be made via the planning section of Worcester City Council’s website.

The application number is 19/00094/FUL.