The Van Hage Garden Company is appealing against a council decision to refuse planning permission for a new 3,473sq m garden centre in Hertfordshire.
East Hertfordshire District Council turned down the application for a development near Bishop’s Stortford because it was felt there was no justification in harming the “visual amenity” of the green belt site and its landscape character.
The planning officer who recommended rejecting the application said it was “an unsustainable development” that would create traffic problems and require “a number of attractive trees” to be felled.
Van Hage marketing manager Andrew Bourne said the refusal would be appealed: “We’re interested in the site [and are] taking [the application] a stage further.”
In lodging the appeal, Van Hage said there was a “quantitative and qualitative” need for a garden centre in the area and that it would have “no wider impact” beyond its boundaries.
Residents will continue to fight the proposal, which they claim would have a harmful effect on the openness of the area, increase the risk of flooding and cause disturbance to neighbours.
The site has previously had plans for a garden centre approved on appeal, but the proposal was considerably smaller.
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