Plans have been lodged for covered outdoor seating at a food hall which is set to be built on the edge of the city.

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) intends to build the seating area as part of its £2.3m food hall project at the Norfolk Showground, in Bawburgh. 

Eastern Daily Press: An artist's impression of the extensionAn artist's impression of the extension (Image: South Norfolk Council)

Planning documents state the extension would measure 12m by 12m and be accessed from the double doors into the cafe. 

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It would be covered by a clear roof supported by timber posts and "allow customers to enjoy their food and drinks outside without being affected by the weather".

The RNAA's food hall was approved by South Norfolk Council in April last year.

Eastern Daily Press: An artist's impression of the food hallAn artist's impression of the food hall (Image: RNAA)

The 8,000sqft building, inside the main entrance gate near the A47 junction, will include a shop, cafe, butcher, delicatessen and a two-acre market garden which would be the base for a community growing project.

It is hoped the site can open in the second half of this year but construction work is yet to start on the project.