Klondyke garden centre wins retrospective planning despite objections

Klondyke's newly rebuilt garden centre at Wilmslow has been granted a retrospective planning application to allow retention of a ground level irrigation tank, along with alterations to the appearance of the building.

The Northern Planning Committee granted Klondyke Properties permission to retain variations to the original application (reference 11/4367M which was approved in February 2012). These include an above ground irrigation tank, which according to the approved plans should have been placed underground.

Four neighbours objected to the amendments' visual impact, noise from pumps, its industrial appearance, the state of the maintenance yard and the rear boundary fence being behind the original fence - creating an alleyway.

As part of the conditions attached to this approval, the irrigation tank pumps can only be operated between 7am and 9pm and the tank will be reduced in height and enclosed, within three months.

Additionally, a management plan for the service yard and maintenance strip adjacent to the boundary fence must be submitted and approved in writing by the local planning authority within three months, detailing how these areas shall be maintained, including the management of any site waste.

The centre was hit by fire in 2011 and reopened in 2012.

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