Keelham Farm Shop granted planning permission

Sixty new jobs will be created after Keelham Farm Shop was granted planning permission for its second farm shop in Skipton.

The new shop will showcase the best regional food from hundreds of local producers and farmers, which is aimed to further the Yorkshire firm’s reputation for producing great-tasting, local, affordable food, accessible to everyone.

It will be a purpose-built, eco-friendly farm shop that will include a bakery, delicatessen and butcher’s, in addition to a café with locally sourced foods. The meat will be quality cuts sourced weekly from local auction marts.

CCM Quality Foods’ Stanforths Butchers is engaged with the meat preparation for the Thornton site and will be a key partner for the new shop. It plans to use its meat processing unit based at Skipton Auction Mart.

Co-owners and siblings James and Victoria Robertshaw are running the 40-year-old family business. Victoria said: “We knew that Skipton could be the perfect location for our second venture, as the whole area is rooted in values that chime with our own commitment to supporting the rural farming community; for the planning application to be accepted, and so warmly received, is fantastic news.

“We’ve had tremendous support from local people, famers and businesses in the Skipton area, some of whom have long been customers of our Thornton shop, for which the whole Keelham team is extremely grateful,” she added.

In addition to being a shop, the Skipton branch will include an outdoor live animal croft for goats, pigs and sheep, where children will be able to learn about the origins of meat and dairy.

James commented: “We are a committed advocate of local farmers and suppliers, delivering a retail proposition built on the source, taste and affordability of its produce, and we’ve been actively inviting local farmers and producers to become a part of the Keelham story here in Skipton.”

Planning director of Rural Solutions Duncan Hartley commented: “This decision reflects the commitment of the team. All the project partners have brought and shared their expertise – collaboration has been the key to our success. Together, we have delivered an application that has been approved, ensuring the continued success of the Keelham Farm Shop, a growing business supporting rural communities.”

The building, which will both feature a farm shop and an activity barn, is due to begin construction in the winter 2013, and will open for business in autumn 2014.