Acting on behalf of Bannold Ltd, Cheffins secured permission for a new café, restaurant and retail building at its site in Fen Drayton. The scheme also includes a new car park, landscaping and drainage works with the new buildings extending to a total of over 655sqm. 

Bannold is one of Cambridge’s most well-known family-run businesses and is famous for its display gardens as well as extensive supplies of outdoor paving materials. It is also the location of Carriage’s, a tearoom set in a recreated 1920s railway station with original train carriages, station buildings and railway track. In keeping with the current setting, Bannold intends to erect an oak-framed building with a thatched roof, in the style of an historic barn which will host both a restaurant and retail area. The new restaurant is set to complement the existing tea rooms business and will be operated in-house, whilst the new retail space will be let to local craft and food producers.

Ian Smith, Director in Cheffins’ Planning and Development team said: “These additions to Bannold represent major capital investment in the site and will allow the company to continue to offer an unique experience in the local area. Given its countryside location, this was not the simplest of applications, however after long-running negotiations with South Cambridgeshire District Council, planning permission was agreed on the 16th July 2020. Already a stunning venue, the addition of a separate restaurant and retail space will ensure the site continues to be a key destination in Cambridgeshire.”

Work is set to start on site later this year

For further information, contact Cheffins Planning team on 01223 271962,