Rigg and Furrow Brewery has submitted a development application to redevelop its Acklington Park site.
He is requesting permission to change the use of a little-used farm building to a wedding and event venue with associated parking.
A micro-brewery run by members of the Howie family was established in the same building in 2017.
A planning report with the new application states: “The proposals under this change-of-use request demonstrate the applicant’s intentions to transform the disused barn into a multi-purpose event space to help diversify the existing family business.
“The proposals would also allow for the expansion of the existing Rigg & Furrow farm brewery faucet, to create a new bar that would also be located in the converted barn. “
The Rigg & Furrow Farmhouse brewery supplies draft ales to various Northeastern pubs and distributes nationwide.
“In order to ensure the sustainable success of the business, creating additional revenue streams will play an important role in the future of the business,” the report said.
“By converting the large farm barn from a disused space into a multi-purpose event venue, it will accommodate up to 200 people at events with catering service for weddings, parties, brewery and events. business.
“The expansion of the microbrewery will also allow for the creation of a substantial bar and lounge area that will separately serve the Farmhouse Brewery Tap.”
If approved, there are plans to create up to 15 part-time and two full-time jobs, while event supervisors and catering staff would also be employed.
The report continues: “Due to the burgeoning reputation of the Rigg & Furrow Farmhouse, coupled with its ideal rural and scenic location in the countryside, there is a demand and event space offering a different offering to country hotels and to the countryside. local community. rooms.
“With the main part of the barn serving as an event space, alongside the expanded brewery faucet, this will allow Rigg and Furrow Brewery to diversify and secure the future of the company and its employees. “
It is planned to expand the parking offer to accommodate up to 59 vehicles.
All farm vehicles and brewery deliveries would use a separate entrance.