Dobbies' York plans rejected by planners

Dobbies has had its application for a garden centre at York turned down by local planning authorities.

Around the country, the UK's  two biggest garden centre chains, Wyevale and Dobbies, are having problems with applications as planners seek to protect green belt and local  town centre shops.

Dobbies has withdrawn its application at East Kilbride and is reviewing  comments from the local planning committee.

Wyevale is has had its bid to make a carwash at Hare Hatch, Berkshire, rejected by councillors at Wargrave Parish Council.

Wyevale's plans to expand Sanders GardenWorld at Brent Knoll, Somerset, have been under attack from Burnham town councillors for potentially hitting local shops.

But a Wyevale representative said: "We employ a large number of local people and are an integral part of the economy and community. Our plans will hopefully have a positive knock-on effect to the town centre."

See more in Horticulture Week magazine, 31 October.

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