Cool plan for Pomeroy agricultural shed

A Pomeroy farm is hoping to diversify its portfolio of produce and is seeking to become an ice-cream producer.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 12:23 pm

A planning application to facilitate this farm diversification has been lodged with Mid Ulster District Council’s planners.

The application, lodged by agent Mark Nelson Architecture, on behalf of applicant, Mr Trevor Boyd, seeks permission to change the use of an agricultural shed at Turnabarson Road to an ice cream production facility.

According to the application the production facility will consist of two main areas – a low risk and high risk area.

The high risk area is where the liquid ingredients (including raw milk) and dry ingredients will be blended and placed in a pasteuriser.

Once the mixture has been pasteurised and cooled it will be moved to the low risk area, where the pasteurised liquid mixture will be placed in a batch freezer.

Ice cream will then be packaged and placed in a blast freezer. The form states the machines and freezers “are all small scale”.

Of the 112.899m2 of floor space within the agricultural shed, 38.999m2 will be dedicated to production, 69.982m2 will be used for storage and 3.918m2 will be set aside for ancillary use, if the permission is granted.

Editor’s message:

Thank you for reading this article. We’re more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by Coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

Please consider purchasing a copy of the paper. You can also support trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription of the News Letter.