Planners reject Caddington Wyevale garden centre rebuild plan

Central Bedfordshire Council has turned down plans to build a new garden centre on the site of Caddington Wyevale, which burnt down in 2009, citing flooding concerns.

Gleneden Plant owner Raymond Gill, who bought the site for a reported £1m last year, wanted to build a new garden centre on the site, but planners refused the plan after the Environment Agency raised concerns about the flood assessment for the site.

The 960 square metre garden centre and 1,440 square metres of office space could have provided 90 new jobs.

Planning officers said: "The proposed scale of development may present risks of flooding on-site and/or off-site if surface water run-off is not effectively managed.

"The submitted flood risk assessment fails to consider the effect of the critical one in 100 year climate change rainfall event on the site, fails to ensure that there is no uncontrolled surface water run-off from the critical event and fails to ensure that any off-site surface water run-off will be limited to ‘greenfield’ run-off rates."

Raymond Gill said the council will look at the plan again next month.


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