Epsom-based Mayfield Lavender has been given the green light for an extension to its site after Malcolm Scott Consultants prepared a site development plan for the business.

The garden centre specialists obtained planning consent for a two-storey shop and offices at the Reigate Road site, enabling the successful enterprise to expand its retail offering.

The 12-acre Epsom site was purchased by Brendan Mayes in 2010 in a dilapidated state, and after four years, the land was cleared, the orchard nurtured and the buildings renovated before acres of lavender were planted to create the now-thriving Mayfield Lavender business.

Chris Primett of MSC said: “Mayfield Lavender is a highly successful business, producing lavender-based products from its two farms. With major plans to expand overseas, Brendan was keen to increase its retail presence here in the UK.

“The centre itself is in a very sensitive part of the Surrey Green Belt, so our team prepared a site development plan for the expansion of the site, which included the development of a coffee shop to add to the visitor experience. These plans are essential to the future promotion of Mayfield’s range, and to increasing footfall at the centre, and we are delighted to have secured permission on the business’ behalf.,” he added.

Brendan Maye, creator of Mayfield Lavender, said: “We sought this permission to replace an inadequate building that we have in place; a pre-requisite for creating a base for our plans for the next few years at the Epsom site.

“We are on Green Belt land, so of course we knew we would meet some resistance. Working with Chris helped us to create a good business case, and in although it was called before planning committee, it was approved unanimously, enabling us to progress with our development plans.”

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