Permission given for expansion of North West ice cream farm
Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, which is located in Tattenhall, near Chester, has secured planning consent for a multi-million pound expansion of its premises.
The owners of the farm are hoping to persuade visitors to the attraction to stay longer, and spend more money while they are there, through the construction of a giant ice cream parlour and Europe’s biggest indoor water and sand play zone for children.
Costs for the expansion work are expected to total more than £4 million, but the Cheshire Farm Ice Cream director, Jonathan Fell, confirmed that plans for the project have been in the works for a considerable period of time, suggesting that the funding to begin building work is already in place. He told the local press:
“We have assessed every area of The Ice Cream Farm to create, what we believe to be, the ultimate tourist attraction.
“A fundamental part of our plan is to retain our ‘free to enter’ policy, allowing people the opportunity to choose for themselves whether they wish to call in for an ice cream and a quick play, whilst at the same time creating an attraction that provides more than enough to keep a family entertained for a whole day.”
Additional changes will include the transformation of the existing ice cream parlour into a dining area seating 180 people, and the building of a completely new car parking space. It will be an extensive construction project, but there are local firms that specialise in the provision of services like laying paving and foundations in Chester, while ensuring the minimum degree of on-site disruption.
It has been confirmed that the facility, which attracts over 500,000 people each year, will stay open while the building work is taking place, with the brand new farm set to be unveiled in June next year.