Garden Centre Group's Heighley Gate Garden Centre looks to remove retail restrictions

Garden Centre Group's Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre in Northumberland has applied to remove conditions restricting its retail operations.

Garden Centre Group wants to change a storage area into sales space and to remove restrictions to allow goods such as walking sticks, general books and videos, games, sports equipment, fashion clothing, shoes, luggage and photographic equipment to be sold, as long as it did not exceed 50 per cent of the indoor retail area.

Malcolm Scott Consultants said in a planning statement to Nortumberland County Council:

"By broadening the range of goods to those typically found in garden centres, it will encourage the economic viability of the site and bring retailing in line with other garden centres.

"The proposed restrictive schedule will allow this whilst providing the local planning authority the control it requires to ensure the site remains a garden centre and does not harm existing town centres."


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