Planning consultant Chris Primett said: "Mappleborough Green Garden Centre was a small run down garden centre in need of investment. Paul Richards bought the site in 2013. MSC prepared a Site Development Plan which included a 100 seat coffee shop, a new 1,149m², 960m² Cool Glasshouse and 432m² of canopy space. The site is located in the Green Belt. The Planning Consent was granted following the submission of a Detailed Planning Application by MSC including a Retail Impact Assessment."
He added: "At Tong Garden Centre we have over the past year obtained four planning consents in the Green Belt for Tong Garden Centre for a 262m² Restaurant Extension; a broadening of the Restrictive Planning Condition controlling the Range of Goods that can be sold to allow a large Farm Shop and Butchers and more Unrestricted A1 Goods; a 4,200m² Children’s Play Area; and a new Garden Centre Warehouse.
At Dalverton Garden Centre, Isle of Wight, MSC obtained consent for 246m² shop extension and 352m² of new canopies.
At Frosts Garden Centre Woburn Sands MSC obtained consent for 563m² shop extension and extended the garden centre site almost 2,000m².
Sister site Frosts Garden Centre Willington gained planning consent for the conversion of 714m² of existing warehouse to an indoor children’s play centre with a 200 seater café, and an extension to the car park for a further 85 spaces, an undercover play area of 121m² and 550m² of outside play space.
At Pillaton Garden Centre in Penkridge, Staffordshire,MSC have successfully staved off enforcement action at Pillaton Garden Centre. The site lies in the Staffordshire Green Belt and the council were seeking to enforce against the tea room. MSC persuaded the council that the tea room did not need planning permission and obtained retrospective planning permission for the kitchen extension.
MSC won extension of opening hours at Ashtead Park Garden Centre in Surrey to allow the Oliver Tree Restaurant to open in the evening.
Other work included relocation of unauthorised farm shop occupying some 120m² at Sutton Green Garden Centre, Guildford, Surrey, into purpose built structure with the garden centre plant sales area and at New Leaf Plant Centre near Sheffield MSC obtained a certificate of lawfulness for some 1,200m² Class A1 use of buildings and land.