New garden centre given green light

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 September 2012

Work on the new garden centre is expected to start over the winter

Work on the new garden centre is expected to start over the winter

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PUXTON Park has been given the green light for a major expansion which its owners say will provide 40 new jobs.

A planning application to create a new garden centre and extend the existing gift shop and restaurant at the family attraction in Hewish was given the go-ahead by councillors last week.

The £2million development at the Cowslip Lane park will add a further 8,000 square metres to the site footprint.

North Somerset Council’s south area planning committee unanimously voted the proposal through at Thursday’s meeting.

A second application, for a 5,600sq metre outside sales area to run alongside the garden centre, was deferred until the committee’s next meeting as councillors wanted clarification on where a proposed delivery yard and car park would go.

Park managing director Alistair Mead said: “We invest in new attractions every year and are thrilled North Somerset Council has given us its full backing towards this new extension.

“The project will help to boost the local economy through the creation of 40 jobs, plus a further 20 jobs during the construction phase.

“We look forward to getting on with the building works during the quieter winter months and aim to open the new garden centre next year.”

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