Ansell Garden Centre has been granted detailed planning consent for the rebuilding of its Garden Centre in the London Metropolitan Green Belt following a devastating fire in November 2016.
Malcolm Scott Consultants spent seven months in planning negotiations with the London Borough of Hillingdon, a process which included a Call In assessment by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
The new two-storey garden centre will provide 2,912 sq m of covered sales space floorspace, parking for 96 cars and will provide electric charging points for 12 cars. The centre includes a 120-seat coffee shop.
Chris Primett of MSC said: “The challenge has been meeting the exacting requirements of planning policies in the London Green Belt. In some parts of the country we are seeing a relaxing of Green Belt restrictions as councils seek to encourage more investment in their areas, however around London and the South East there remains tight control”.
Development on the £2m centre is expected to start early in t 2018, with a target opening date of summer 2018,
“We are clearly delighted with the outcome of all the hard work and negotiations that took place and in particular the commercial experience that Malcolm Scott Consultants brought to the planning process” said Managing Director Paresha Raithatha.
With the closing of Wyevale Garden Centre in Hillingdon and Vermeulens Garden Centre Staines Ansell Garden Centre is clearly in a good position to target the west London market.