Notts garden centre gets planning for greenbelt development

Bridgford Garden Centre near Nottingham has gained planning permission from Rushcliffe Borough Council for a redevelopment in the Green Belt.

The centre will be totally rebuilt on a vacant part of the 7.5ha site allowing the existing business to continue trading during the rebuild.

Pleydell Smithyman - Design and Business Consultants have worked with the local authority to ‘bank' a number of planning permissions that have now been consolidated into a new state of the art centre with a 5000sqm shop and extensive outdoor areas. The new building will also house the centre's existing portfolio of concessions.

Director Paul Pleydell said:  "We have just received an excellent planning approval for a total rebuild. We established a clear strategy for the site and are very pleased to have gained a great planning approval that provides our client with a host of opportunities for the future."

As part of the proposals a new access will be formed and the existing business will be removed leaving land for further development in an area with great demographics and a strong and established customer base.

Owner Edward Tarbatt said: "This approval is just the first step in the next stage, a new future, for this site and we are very grateful to Pleydell Smithyman for their professional and skilful handling of the whole process - a great result".

Bridgford was one of the Garden Centres of Excellence group that Blue Diamond two of and took one on an operational management agreement in April. Tarbatt's father John sold Bridgford to his son in 2000 and retained Van Dyk's, near Chesterfield.

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