Pleydell Smithyman wins Bridgford Garden Centre redevelopment permission

Bridgford Garden Centre has gained planning approval for its total redevelopment creating one of the largest garden centres in the UK.

The planning team at specialist garden centre design and business consultants, Pleydell Smithyman, secured the planning approval for a 14,500m² building in the green belt site near Nottingham. 

Designed for Edward Tarbatt of Bridgford Garden Centre, the new development will provide a totally under cover retail space including a farm shop and new indoor play business including the 350 seat play café and three further catering outlets – coffee bar, waitress and self serve.

"I can only praise the professionalism and persistence of the team at Pleydell Smithyman who have done a fantastic job in securing permission for what will become one of the country's largest and leading destination garden centres," said  Tarbatt.

The planning permission is unprecedented and is the result of many months of negotiations and close working with the local planning authority, Rushcliffe Borough Council, who were able to see that the benefits of the scheme to the local community, including a variety of new employment opportunities, outweighed any potential harm to the Green Belt.

Paul Pleydell, director of Pleydell Smithyman, said: "We have established and maintained a close working relationship with the planners and supported by our in house designers, landscape and ecology professionals, I am proud that our planning team were able to devise and deliver a very persuasive strategy for the application, adding significantly to the value of the site and securing its future place in our industry."

The new centre has a planned opening in 2018.

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