A planning application has been submitted to Cornwall Council to redevelop Trefresa Farm, close to Rock in north Cornwall.

Owner Will Herrmann is working to bring the 114-acre farm back to life as a community hub, boutique hotel, spa, restaurant, and micro-distillery, alongside the existing agricultural business.

“We were delighted to see so many members of the local community join us at the farm in September at our public consultation event,” said Herrmann.

“We had some great feedback, and in the weeks since have been finalising our planning application, and ensuring the points raised by the community are addressed.”

The Trefresa Farm project is set to create 85 direct local jobs, following a period of “delicate and sensitive development”.

The final development will comprise 24 hotel rooms, and additional guest accommodation across 22 lodges and two treehouses, integrated into areas of woodland. The site will be predominantly car-free, with access to the lodges provided via raised walkways – minimising the environmental impact.

“Vibrant biodiversity” is being promoted through the preservation and creation of habitats, including the restoration of hedgerows and banks, and planting new trees and meadows. Overall, the development proposals will result in a biodiversity net gain in excess of 15%.

If the planning is approved, work will begin in 2021, with plans to open in early 2023.