Dobbies garden centre wins planning permission for £8m Peterborough build

Peterborough City Council has granted planning permission for a £8m Dobbies garden centre in Peterborough.

The 5,000sqm centre in Hampton will employ 120 and was backed by 97 per pent of locals who filled out a questionnaire.

But the new centre will be close to Van Hage's £25m flagship which opened in Peterborough in February 2010 and follows Dobbies' progress with plans to build a similar centre to Peterborough close to Klondyke's flagship garden centre in Carlisle, as well as plans to build close to exisiting centres in Ashford (Bybrook Barn) and Burleydam on Merseyside.

Half of the staff employed at the Peterborough centre would receive specialist horticultural training from Dobbies, which has 26 centres and is owned by Tesco.

Dobbies property director Stuart Wright said:

"We want to thank the council for its enthusiasm for economic development in the region and for its continued support in backing our planning application which will allow us to bring a new generation of garden centre to customers in the Cambridgeshire area."

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