Honiton hotel submits plans for cider production plant

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 15 March 2018

A perspective drawing showing what the cider production building will look like.

A perspective drawing showing what the cider production building will look like.

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A new cider production plant could be built in Honiton if a hotel’s application gets the go ahead.

The Deer Park Country House Hotel, in Weston, wants to build the 440m² building to be used for all stages of the cider production process.

This will include the washing and processing of apples, the pressing and fermenting process, and bottling and dosing required to produce the cider.

The proposed building will also feature a mezzanine first floor which will house a small lab for testing and a tasting room.

In its application, Deer Park said: “This will provide the opportunity to offer guests a tour of the orchards and building, followed up by tasting some of the ciders while overlooking the orchards and production facility.”

The proposed building will be built in an agricultural field to the west of the hotel, which is outside of the curtilage of the listed building.

It will also house a workshop area for the storage and maintenance of the plant and machinery.

The unit will be constructed from grey and green cladding panel, which the hotel says will help it ‘blend into the rural landscape’ by having the appearance of a ‘simple barn’.

The application added: “High quality food and drink is at the very heart of the business, with an emphasis placed on locally sourced products and ingredients.

“The hotel already has a successful kitchen garden that provides herbs and fruit and vegetables to the kitchen.

“Deer are also farmed within the grounds.

“With such an importance placed on the provenance as well as the quality of food and drink, the hotel has plans to expand existing apple orchards and produce a range of ciders.

“The ability to provide a variety of cider that has been grown and produced on-site is a natural extension of what the hotel already does.

“It will also complement the wedding business particularly well.”

The plans also propose the construction of a new access track to the building, which will connect to the hotel’s existing service road.

Planners at East Devon District Council will determine the application’s fate at a future meeting.

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