CHANGES are planned at a Herefordshire farm shop because it's become too successful for the current set-up.

Site safety is a potential concern for Quarry Farm Shop, near Leominster, as customers and farm vehicles all currently use the same entrance.

So, Lewis and Sarah Jones want a new farm access and track to the farm, south of Luston.


Applying for planning permission, consultants said the growing popularity of the on-site farm shop meant the current shared access was no longer suitable for agricultural traffic.

If the plan for the new access, slightly further south on the B4361 between Leominster and Ludlow, is approved, tractors and farm vehicles will use that track to the backside of the farmyard instead.

On its website, Quarry Farm says the farm and shop are both family-run businesses with stock being reared on the farm by Lewis and Sarah and the shop run by brother Richard.

Home-cooked cakes, pies and ready meals prepared in the kitchen by mum, and deliveries made by dad, the website adds.

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"We specialise in providing naturally produced, quality meat including beef, lamb, pork, chicken and game, when it is in season," it said.

"Any meat not reared on our own farm comes from a few carefully selected local family farms.

"As we use such a small number of producers, we are able to assure very high standards of animal welfare. We believe in supporting local producers and wherever possible, we source our products locally.

"The area has many small producers offering a fantastic variety of foods and our range is constantly expanding to bring you the very best Herefordshire has to offer."


In documents submitted with the application to Herefordshire Council, consultants said creating the new entrance would make the area outside the farm shop safer for the farm's residents and the shop's customers.

They said the five-metre-wide tarmacadam track would not be visually intrusive and would not be detrimental to the rural character of the area.

It would also "remove the potential conflict" between residential, commercial and agricultural vehicles, therefore improving site safety.

Comments on application 222939 can be made until January 16.