Garden Centre build plans near Buckley rejected

by | Mar 18, 2020 | News | 0 comments

garden centre

Plans to build a new garden centre near Buckley have been rejected. This is amid concerns about coal mines underneath the land earmarked for development.

The owners of Lesters Farm Shop in Drury applied to create a new arm of their business in April last year.
 
The new garden centre premises would have included a nursey to grow plants. The new build was to be on land approximately half a mile away from their site.
 
Representatives said it was to improve the sustainability of the business. It would also have created three full time jobs.
 
But officers from Flintshire Council have now refused permission for the scheme. This is after question marks were raised over the safety of the site.
 
Coal Authority records show that there are likely to be unrecorded coal mine workings underneath it.
 
Planning officer James Beattie said: “The site has a legacy of coal mining. Records show a coal mine entry upon the site.
 
“Policy requires that upon sites where there are issues of instability development proposals can show that appropriate measures have been or will be taken. This is to ensure long terms safety and which would not put adjacent land users and the general public at risk.
 
“A report identified the features within the site. It concluded that further investigations were required to plan a scheme of remediation.”
 
He added: “The Coal Authority maintained their objection to the scheme. This is due to the absence of any assessment of the potential risks posed to the development by past coal mining activity.
“In the face of this objection, this application must be refused. The safety and stability of the site has not been established.”
 
The proposals were also turned down as the location was already allocated for other commercial activities.
 
The application was put forward after question marks were raised over the future of the fresh food sales side of the business.
 
In a planning statement, the firm said: “it’s vital that any business can adapt and diversify to meet demands.
 
“Lester’s Farm Shop employs 15 staff. It currently focuses its business on three key areas: fresh food sales, the sale of plants and a coffee shop. These compliment each other and is popular with the local people.
 
“The fresh food business, especially fruit and vegetable, is demanding with very tight margins.
 
“Such market conditions mean that in the long term trade could diminish.
 
“These proposals seek to create garden centre facilities that will support and enhance the existing business.
 
“It will enable plants to be grown. It’s also a second location to increase the business profile.”
 
The plans were refused by the local authority’s planning department.

more latest news ➡

Yorkshire Garden Centres adds two Dean's stores to portfolio

Yorkshire Garden Centres adds two more sites to portfolio

Bradford-based Yorkshire Garden Centres has announced it is to operate two more sites in Yorkshire.  The two Dean's Garden Centre sites at York and Scarborough will be added to the group that already has sites at Tong, Tingley, Otley and Bingley in West Yorkshire....

Klondyke Group announces Outdoor Living showcase

Klondyke Group’s Outdoor Living Showcase

A sprinkling of Sherbert through the Cottage garden; the simplicity and calmness of Urban Nature through to the mood and mystery of Moroccan Delights; these were amongst the main themes revealed at the Klondyke Group's Outdoor Living Showcase Event hosted this week...

GCA BoT results show garden projects on the up

January’s GCA BoT results reveal rise in garden projects

Hard landscaping topped the sales table in the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report for January 2024 with hardy plants, seeds and bulbs also doing well. Figures recorded by GCA member garden centres last month show a good start to the...

Rising stars nominations deadline 1 March

March 1 deadline for Rising Stars nominations

The GCA is urging members to get their 2024 Rising Stars nominations in by March 1 to help showcase and develop the industry’s most talented individuals this year. The Westland Horticulture sponsored programme offers those who participate the chance to be mentored...

Handy drops new catalogue for 2024 season

Handy unveils the latest gardening and DIY products

British garden manufacturer Handy has announced the arrival of its new catalogue and Monthly Dealer Promotions Calendar, both designed to provide retailers with valuable increased margins on a wide range of gardening and DIY products and ensure they have everything...

HTA shows caution for garden retailers

Garden Centres cautious despite good start to year

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) releases its February monthly market update, which shows that despite the UK economy's recently announced recession, garden retail continues to show some green shoots to kick off the year. The resilience is a continuity of...

Read GCR's latest edition!
Read GCR's latest Made in Britain Supplement!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word

 

Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This