Wyevale challenges Dobbies with York rebuild plan

The war between Wyevale and Dobbies has hotted up with Wyevale submitting a planning application to rebuild its York centre, where Dobbies already has a planning application in for a new-build.

Dobbies' plans have stalled, but Wyevale is hopeful its updated Upper Poppleton centre will sail through City of York planning.
Wyevale's plans would include 87 new jobs, a 6,000m2 replacement building and integration and access into the adjoining Wheatland Community Woodland.
The plan is also to create a 425-space car park and coach parking facility, together with 125 cycle spaces.
A Wyevale representative did not comment on Dobbies' application but said: "The Wyevale proposals improve access to the woodland for both Wyevale's customers and the general public.
"The current buildings are nearing the end of their useful life as garden centre buildings as they leak, are very poorly insulated, and energy inefficient. The site in its current form, therefore, does not make a positive contribution to the green belt setting - this has been acknowledged by the council's landscape officer."
Dobbies has refused to comment on the state of plans for new builds. It has a site planned for Shepton Mallet, close to Sanders in Somerset, where Wyevale also has plans for a big extension. Dobbies also plans a big site in Carlisle, close to Klondyke's new flagship.
* Meanwhile, Malcolm Scott Consultants has won a planning application for a new build at Hayes Garden World in Ambleside, Cumbria.
The existing plant sales area will be redeveloped and will include a 1,140m² ‘open sky' glasshouse to allow the sale of bedding plants all the year round. A new 1,124m² glazed covered plant sales area for seasonal plant promotions will also feature.  Adjacent to these protected sales areas will be a 2,000m² open area accessed by customers under a circular canopy.  A 12m wide canopy will give complete protection for the sale of garden hard goods.
In addition, an old and under used glasshouse building will be entirely redeveloped with a 1,470m² insulated building for the sale of core garden sundries and a new and exciting aquatic offer.


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