Mainsgill Farm plans art gallery and tea room extension

The entrance to Mainsgill Farm.

Plans have been submitted for an extension to Mainsgill Farm which if approved would see an art gallery open at the attraction.

The owners of the venue besides the A66 between Scotch Corner and Barnard Castle have applied for planning permission for  a two storey extension, and alterations to the layout of the existing farm shop.

The tea room would be extended and a private dining area would be created for meetings, children’s parties, small conferences and other events.

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The extra space on the first floor would be a retail area for local crafts and clothing, and an art gallery for locally produced arts and crafts.

Documents submitted with the plans to Richmondshire District Council state that is hoped the development will bolster the business against competition from the recently approved retail park at Scotch Corner.

The documents add: “The plans will future proof both businesses when the current economic and political climate may give rise to inflation, business rates increases and an increase in the national minimum wage (although it should be noted that Mainsgill as a business pays above the national living wage).”

The plans say the additional tea room is required as there are rarely enough tables to ensure that all visitors have seats, meaning lost custom.

They add: “Many customers visit the tea room, and purchase goods in the farm shop. The tea room is therefore essential to ensure better patronage for the farm shop.

“The additional space to provide clothing and arts and crafts is to build on the farm shop ‘experience’.

“Unlike a high street café or tea room, where if full a customer can simply visit another day, if customers visit Mainsgill and find a lack of seating they may leave and not return.”

Mainsgill first opened a farm shop in 2001 and a tea room in 2002.

It now employs between 50 and 60 people.

To view the plans click here.