Site must cut non-plant lines to gain planning permission

£2million extension will have to cut back on sundries if planning consent is to be granted

Planners have told a garden centre that it must cut non-plant retail lines if it is to win planning permission to build a £2 million extension. Hazelfield Garden Centre, near Newent in Gloucestershire, must also improve access for trucks for the extension, which will create 50 jobs, to go ahead. The application has already been in for two years. The centre will expand from one hectare of retail space to almost five hectares. Parking space at the centre will be increased to accommodate almost 300 cars. Forest of Dean Council planning committee vice-chairman Norman Stephens said he had concerns over access for trucks coming into the site. He added: “There must be a turning space for such vehicles on site. I would also hate to see the retail stock expanding to include items like greetings cards and clothes, which will kill the speciality shops in nearby Newent.” The centre is currently looking at road options to meet planning requirements, including building stacker lanes. Hazelfield owner Steve Browning said: “We’re still coming to legal agreements but work is likely to start in June this year. “It’s going to be a very large building but we don’t want it to look like a department store. We’re keeping more to a traditional nursery design. “There’s a lot of work to do, it’s going to be expensive but it will be worth it.”

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