Blue Diamond submits plan for Fermoys garden centre featuring Victorian palm-house style

Victorian palm house-style could replace the Fermoys garden centre buildings in Devon as part of a development plan.

Vision for Fermoys refurbishment - image: Edenparks
Vision for Fermoys refurbishment - image: Edenparks

Teignbridge Council has had the planning application submitted for the site at Ipplepen, Devon, which Blue Diamond bought in 2013. The group now has 19 centres with a 20th addition planned for early 2017.

Pegasus Group is the agent. Dutch group Edenparks is behind the glasshouse design. The garden centre will be relocated within the existing site and the current centre will remain open while the building of the new centre is constructed.

The design and access statement says: "We envisage bringing back the more traditional image of glasshouses.

"The covered plant area will be strategically located in the heart of the garden centre layout, with the other areas wrapped around it. The presence of this nursery style structure is felt throughout the whole building.

"The style of the exterior is based on the architecture of the Victorian Palm Houses found in the Botanical Gardens of the 19th Century. More specifically, the Temperate Palm House of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, built by Robert Matheson in 1862.

"This provided the archetype for the two notable elements in the garden centre layout, the entrance foyer and the restaurant. These two elements are characterised by their domes in double glazing, with sandstone effect arches and framed glazing to reflect the Victorian model. These elements are, more or less, continued throughout the other elevations of the garden centre.

"The replacement Garden Centre is located further from the road in order to increase the amount of car parking on site so as not to discourage customers from visiting due to a shortage of spaces.

"The building is made up of some key elements – the entrance hall, main retail area, restaurant and a covered external sales area. The layout of the building reflects the requirements of these elements.

"The restaurant is located on the sunny south west of the building, offering views through the internal and external plants sales and also down the valley towards Ipplepen.

"Given that the proposal is for redevelopment of an existing garden centre, the proposal is in accordance with the planning policy.

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