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Bedding grower seeks to expand with new glass thanks to promised garden centre orders

RC Kemp & Son has applied for erection of 12,000sqm of glasshouse development, 640sqm store, water storage tanks, landscaping and associated works at a Surrey site.

RC Kemp and Son has applied for planning permission from Guildford Borough Council for the glasshouse on 6.6 acres of land adjacent to Clasford Farm, Worplesdon.

The business has been growing bedding plants for the wholesale market since 1945, and trades from its existing Sandiacre Nurseries site 1km away.

Genesis Town Planning-prepared documents said: "The business is in need of expansion due to a growing customer base including a local garden centre which has acquired a new site and invited the applicant to be its sole supplier of bedding plants and other vegetable plants.

"There is no expansion space available at Sandiacre Nurseries and the application site which is already in the ownership of the applicant is large enough to cater for the required additional glasshouse space. Being less than 1km of Sandiacre Nurseries it is also well located to share the use of the existing delivery vehicles. Apart from helping job creation at the new garden centre site the proposal will provide around 10 additional full time jobs plus part time jobs in the peak spring period and construction employment. The new site enjoys a sustainable location with convenient access to alternative modes of transport to the private car."

RC Kemp and Son employs 16 full-time and 10 part-time staff its Sandiacre Nurseries site, rising to 26 full-time and 20-part time in the spring and would create 10 additional full-time jobs plus part-time roles in the peak period.

Guildford Borough Council validated the planning application on 27 April.


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