Glebe Garden Centre plans restaurant extension and new jungle gym

Glebe Garden Centre, in Countesthorpe, has drawn up proposals which would see new play facilities built as well as an expanded restaurant and a larger shop.

The centre, owned by the Cherry Lane group, is seeking planning permission from Blaby District Council for its scheme.

Glebe Garden Centre currently employs 33 people but has told the council a further 25 jobs could be created if its plan is given the go-ahead.

Planning agent Mike Downey said: “The extension is necessary to maintain the long-term, year-round viability of the garden centre and stability for its employees through diversifying its appeal as a family destination.”

He said the plans had the backing of the local community.

The plan involves extending the garden centre, in Foston Road, to the north and east on land currently used for storage and polytunnels.

There are currently 80 parking spaces, but that number would nearly double to 156.

The council’s planning committee will discuss the matter when it meets virtually tomorrow.

Council officials have said they are concerned about the over-development of the site, but planning officers have recommended the scheme be approved.

Countesthorpe Parish Council says it backs the idea, which it says is an “exciting project” for the village, but has raised concerns about cars coming in and out given the anticipated increase in visitors. It wants there to be a coach pick-up and drop-off area, and for the 30mph speed limit to be extended to cover the stretch of road outside the garden centre.

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