Plans are afoot to build 100 wooden style caravans on a site containing a chicken farm and a microbrewery.

Ian Chisholm has requested planning permission from Epping Forest District Council to change the use of Norton Field Farm near Ongar from agricultural land to a holiday park.

Currently the farm is multifunctional, with 10 sled mounted poultry buildings sitting alongside the open shell of an agricultural building and a microbrewery.

Since 2016 it has also boasted 11 yurt pitches, 10 touring caravan pitches and 10 shepherds hut pitches.

Predicting a large number of those looking to hit the great outdoors in style also like to be close to chickens, Mr Chisholm has outlined plans to construct 100 timber style clad holiday caravans across 24 acres of land.

On his behalf an agent from DCB Professional Services explained: “The purpose of the proposal is to provide self-contained holiday accommodation to enable families to stay for short week based breaks and enjoy the many attractions and sights in and around the local area.

“The timber style clad cabin-style caravans will be used as holiday accommodation only.

“It is proposed to provide cycle hire to the visitors to encourage sustainable transport in the local area.”

The farm made headlines back in 2014 when an over supply of male ducks amidst a dispute with a supplier led Mr Chisholm to give away the birds for free.

At the time he told The Enquirer: "People can take away one, or as many ducks as they can realistically care for, we just want them to be well looked after.

"The girls are very good egg layers, in fact they lay very large eggs, which is what we have became known for within the egg industry.”