Out of town garden centre hits planning issues

Planning officers at Tewkesbury Borough Council have recommended that councillors on the authority's planning committee turn down the development planned for off the A46 near Junction 9 of the M5 were first put forward in 2013.

The report said the proposed development would have a harmful impact on nearby town and city centres.

Developer Robert Hitchins said: "There is absolutely no doubt that a factory outlet, attracting thousands of visitors per year and providing a shuttle link to the town centre, would increase footfall in Tewkesbury town centre, not reduce it. Nor are our proposals in direct competition with Gloucester city centre. First, a significant element of the scheme would be a garden centre. Second, an out-of-centre factory outlet is widely accepted as a different form of retail to high street shopping."

The application will be considered at the planning committee's meeting next week.

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