Garden centre gets green light to expand

The creation of a new roundabout on the busy A38 has become more likely after a garden centre was granted permission to expand.

However, The Garden Centre Group, the new owner of Sanders Garden World in Brent Knoll, said there are no finalised plans for the work.

Wyevale, which previously owned Sanders, first applied for planning permission in 2008 to extend the building by more than 3,000sqm, with plans for new roundabout access included in the proposal.

Wyevale has since been purchased by The Garden Centre Group.

The plans have been presented to Sedgemoor District Council?s development and control committee where they were approved subject to contributions being made to areas affected by the plans in the next two months.

This includes ?25,000 towards the regeneration of Burnham?s town centre, the implementation of a travel plan and a combined foot and cycle path at the Fox And Goose and White Cross junction.

The facilities originally proposed by Wyevale also include a new bus stop and shelter in each direction, 486 parking spaces and 40 bicycle parking spaces.

The planning application says: ?The travel plan will help to minimise the impact of the proposed development on neighbours and the wider local community in terms of congestion, noise and atmospheric pollution.

?The new roundabout will achieve fewer U-turning movements at Edithmead roundabout, which will benefit traffic flows in this location and reduce trip lengths for certain northbound movements.

?The development proposals will improve local accessibility to non-car modes of transport, including new bus stops to be located on the A38 in the vicinity of the site and new pedestrian and cycling links.?

A spokesman for The Garden Centre Group said: ?We are always looking at opportunities to improve our centres, but we have no finalised plans for works at Sanders.?

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