shed display at garden centre to be rejected due to green belt restrictions

A plan to allow sheds and conservatories sold from the back of a garden centre will be refused. This is because it’s damaging to the green belt according to council planners.

A planning application by World of Smile asked to display sheds and conservatories. It will be on a small patch of land at the rear of Worcester Garden Centre off Droitwich Road.

The application makes use of sheds which would get rearranged as sales happen.

A report the city council’s planning committee will discuss said the development would harm the green belt.

Green belt policy is in place to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land open. City council planners feel allowing the 16 by 20 metre site would reduce the openness of the fields.

The application got submitted in 2017. Long discussions between World of Smile and city council planners over the application have stalled.

The council has also been waiting for the outcome of the green belt review in the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

Under national planning guidance, applications on green belt land are under ‘exceptional circumstances’. Only if they’re deemed suitable and sustainable.

Council planners said development on the land would be “inappropriate”. As a result the application should get refused.

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