Alternative garden centre wins approval

A plan for a garden centre selling plants, horticultural products and healing crystals has won councillors' approval in Wincanton, Somerset.

Councillors voted to back a change of use planning application to allow retail sales at a site on Bennetts Field Trading Estate at South Somerset District Council's Area East Committee meeting.

The single storey detached building was granted planning permission to be converted from an office into a nursery in 2014 but these changes were never carried out.

Prior to the Area East meeting district council planning officers recommended that the application was refused, on the grounds that it could take business away from the town's High Street if it was allowed to sell a wide range of products and that it has not been sufficiently marketed for 18 months, as Local Plan Policy requires.

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