PLANS to transform a farm building near Arley into a coffee roastery have been shelved.

An application was submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council to change the use of an outbuilding on Caldwell’s Gate Lane from agricultural to industrial – namely, a coffee roastery.

Documents forming the application state that the roastery on the 356 square metre site would have provided employment for two full-time workers.

However, it appears that the vision will not be taken any further after the plans were withdrawn.

The building in question was previously used as calf pens and stables, as well as for general agricultural storage.

Planning documents state: “Due to a change in my personal circumstances, it is no longer practical for me to rear cattle on my holding.

“I propose to set up a small coffee roastery employing two people.

“It is proposed to store and roast green coffee beans, package the roasted beans and sell wholesale and dispatch online orders direct to customers.”

The applicant goes on to say: “Green beans are to be brought onto site and stored in 60kg sacks, roasted in 15kg batches in a gas fired coffee roaster which will be vented via a flue to exterior.

“Roasted beans are to be packaged in consumer packs, boxed and dispatched to customer.

“The finished product is to be dispatched via a daily collection by a carrier vehicle or delivered by own vehicle.”