Developers seek permission for supermarket to take over Shropshire garden centre

Tesco or Morrisons could take over Mere Park Garden Centre if an appeal lodged by developers is successful in March.

London-based developer David Brierley is asking the local planning inspectorate to overturn a decision by Telford & Wrekin Council which limits the types of goods that can be sold at Mere Park Garden Centre, in Newport, Shropshire.

If successful, he said the 2,000sqm building would be converted into a supermarket and the garden centre would then move elsewhere on the site.

Brierley said: "We’re hopeful it will be resolved in our favour fairly quickly and should help to bring clarity to all the proposed developments in Newport."

He has also submitted a new planning application to lift the restrictions on the building in the hope the council will allow it to become a supermarket without the need for an appeal.

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