Garden centre denied permission for extended sales

Planners have dismissed an application from Charles Hopkinson, the owner of Steam & Moorland Garden & Machinery Centre in Pickering, North Yorkshire, to sell conservatories, water features, gifts and ancillary garden accessories.

The planning application was also to include the sale of toys, soft furnishings, food and confectionary, electrical products, tools and pets and accessories.

An inspector refused to vary the terms of a condition imposed on the planning permission for a garden centre on the basis that it would materially change the character of the permitted use. Current permission is manly for garden and Christmas tree-related goods.

The inspector explained that the main problem was the inability to control the range of each sub-category of goods because the appellant had not put forward a condition specifying the precise floor areas. This meant that the whole of the garden centre could be used for food, hardware or DIY goods.

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