Taverham Nursery centre?s request to expand retail offer is recommended for refusal

by | Jun 2, 2018 | Business, Independents, News | 0 comments

Taverham

Taverham Nursery Centre is seeking permission to vary a planning condition which restricts certain businesses from operating on its site at Fir Covert Road.

Centre manager Matthew Steel says the variation will enable independent businesses to occupy two currently vacant units.

But despite being supported by Broadland District Council?s economic development officer, the application has been recommended for refusal.

Planning officers claim it will lead to the site becoming an out-of-town shopping centre, which would have an adverse impact on other ?local centres?.

Eighteen units on the site are already occupied by independent businesses, ranging from a kitchen accessory shop to chocolate makers.

Mr Steel said a hairdressers and a nail bar were interested in moving into the two empty units. But current planning conditions for the site mean they would not have permission to operate.

?We have had a 40pc business rate increase this year,? Mr Steel said. ?And in order to fund that we have got to have flexibility.

?Will the council give us a rate reduction if we have a bad year? I don?t think so.?

He said the units are rented out to businesses by a partner of the garden centre.

Broadland?s economic development officer said a diversity of services would benefit the local economy and existing businesses at the site.

The officer said there were no other suitable premises locally for the two businesses wanting to move in.

But in a report which will go before Broadland?s planning committee on June 6, planning officers said: ?The NPPF [National Planning Policy Framework] also seeks to ensure the viability and vitality of town centres and local shopping areas, and allowing an open retail use in this countryside location will adversely impact on the existing local centres in Drayton, Taverham and surrounding areas.?

The officer?s report said the creation of an out-of-town shopping centre will also increase traffic.

It will be up to Broadland?s planning committee members to decide the application?s outcome.

source

more latest news ➡

New logo for the Bransford Webbs Plant Company

A fresh, new look for The Bransford Webbs Plant Company

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is proud to unveil a new company logo, launching at The 2024 National Plant Show at Stoneleigh Park. An evolution of the original Bransford Webbs logo introduced almost twenty years ago; the heritage shades of purple and green have...

GCA CEO Peter Burks hosting a free sustainability webinar this month with the focus on water and ‘navigating the green minefield’

Free sustainability webinar for GCA members

Garden Centre Association (GCA) members will hear from a trio of sustainability experts during a free webinar this month (June 2024). The GCA is hosting the online event on June 26 from 3-4.30pm and it will cover water conservation and how to navigate environmental...

Retailers

Nearly 40% of UK retailers fail to meet delivery times

A new study, carried out by post-purchase customer experience provider parcelLab and e-commerce customer care - and fulfilment specialist Salesupply, highlights significant gaps in delivery reliability, tracking transparency and customer service...

Blue Diamond posts 2023 figures

Blue Diamond posts 2023 accounts

The new largest garden centre group Blue Diamond has posted its 2023 accounts which shows a £24.2m profit – a 16% increase on 2022. Sales for 2023 were £310.6m versus £259.3m last year, a 20% increase on 2022, and a 9% like for like uptake. This marks an important...

Read GCR's latest edition!

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