Plan for £15m garden centre in Peterborough is approved

Large garden centre gets approval although issues over stock to be worked through.

Developer Garden Park Investments has received planning permission for a £15m garden centre in Peterborough after a two-year process but may be forced to reduce the floor space dedicated to some product lines. Peterborough City Council last week granted outline planning permission, but officers will now work with the company on two issues. Garden Park Investments chairman Gordon Edington said the issues were “relatively minor” and involved addressing some roading matters and also the mix of products that can be offered. He said: “If these were large issues [the council] wouldn’t have [granted planning permission], it would have wanted to see the whole application again. There’s 90 per cent agreement so we’re just talking around the edges really.” The council wants to protect the city’s central retail area but Edington did not believe the development would have an adverse effect. “We’re talking about Peterborough city centre, which is very large and very vibrant. We don’t see the issues as material.” The company was talking to potential operators and Edington hoped work could start in January, with a December 2008 completion date. An 8,000sq m garden retail space and an 8,900sq m planteria are planned.

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