A Notcutts Garden Centre demolished to make way for new Waitrose store

Buried beneath a pile of twisted metal and rubble lies the remains of a?Bagshot?institution.

Demolition work is all but complete at Notcutts Garden Centre, which has been a feature of the village in various guises for the best part of 50 years.

Situated along the A30 London Road as you enter the village from the west, the former ramshackle assortment of outbuildings was a mecca for gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts.

But now the future of the site is uncertain.

Plans to demolish Notcutts and replace it with a vast?new eco-friendly shop were unveiled?in January last year.

The centre proposed a ?14m overhaul in partnership with Waitrose to create a 47,500sq/ft store, split into two distinct units.

Notcutts was due to consolidate its buildings and create a restaurant under a single roof, while Waitrose proposed a food store and caf?, with the two sharing the building.

A?joint planning application?was lodged with Surrey Heath Borough Council in June last year before eventually making it before a council planning committee in February.

Members were unanimous in their support for the scheme, albeit with the caveat that should Notcutts pull out of the deal, then Waitrose would not be able to move into the second unit and amalgamate the two.

But just four months after permission was granted,?Notcutts said last month that a new store at the same location would no longer be viable.

A spokesman for the company said Notcutts, which employed around 45 people in Bagshot, was disappointed to leave but stressed the new Waitrose would ensure local employment was boosted.

?We would again like to thank staff and the local community for their loyal support over the years,? he said.

Waitrose is now looking for a new partner to take up the remaining share of the proposed new centre, which is scheduled to be open by the autumn.

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