Gates Nurseries Garden Centre beats traffic and retail impact concerns

Gates Nurseries Garden Centre in Oakham, Leicestershire, has had controversial plans to expand approved by members of Melton Borough Council's planning committee after a 12-month battle.

Council planner Jim Worley said the application was for 2,500sq m of new café facilities to replace existing lower quality catering. The application is with the secretary of state until the end of November to review or hand back.

Worley said: "The traffic and retail impact of the expansion was quite controversial but the council has resolved to approve it."

The approval was granted subject to stipulations — including an agreement of a landscape scheme by the developer and a supervised time scale.

Rutland County Council had expressed concerns about the scale of the development, stating it would have a "serious impact on the viability and vitality of Oakham and possibly Uppingham town centres".

Police said traffic-calming measures would need to be put into place.


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