Leeds garden centre plan makes progress

Leeds City Council has backed Pleydell Smithyman plans to redevelop land next to a golf course and driving range for a Blue Diamond centre.

Paul Pleydell
Paul Pleydell

Acting on behalf of developer J Jeffrey (Builder), Pleydell Smithyman submitted an application for the development of a garden centre at Thorpe Lane, Tingley, between Leeds and Wakefield.

A previous planning approval at the location was granted for a garden centre in 1987, but construction was never completed.

Blue Diamond is the proposed operator for the proposed £6m turnover garden centre and has been involved in the design of the building, which aims to replicate Blue Diamond’s flagship garden centre at Le Friquet in Guernsey.

The application is for a main garden centre building and restaurant, and outdoor retail space including open-sided canopies and walkways.

The proposed garden centre is located within the greenbelt, but Pleydell Smithyman argued the scheme demonstrates the very special circumstances needed to justify development.

Paul Pleydell said: "We have received approval for Acanthus Garden Centre in Leeds – we are very pleased with this as it has taken a long time to negotiate and agree.

"On the same day we also received planning approval for a restaurant extension for Palmers Garden Centre at Leicester and a few days before, for various extensions to café, shop and car parking at Burleydam Garden Centre, north of Chester.

"Overall we have a very active planning workload and it is great to get these approvals through, it is good for the individual businesses but also for the industry as each new approval helps to set precedent for the future. (And it helps us to maintain our success rate of around 99 per cent)."

The Acanthus proposal cites the earlier approval, the energy efficient design of the 10,000sqm centre and the employment opportunities that would be created, with 100 jobs.

The approval is conditional on drainage, hard and soft landscaping, the external appearance of the proposed building and other details.

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