February 10, 2009
expansion of garden centre near Burnham could win approval today
plans for a 35,000 square foot expansion of a garden centre near
Burnham-On-Sea could be given the go-ahead by district councillors
today (Tuesday February 10th).
to extend Sanders Garden World at Brent Knoll were unveiled by
store boss Peter Burks in
March last year (pictured) and are due to be considered by
members of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee at a meeting
in Bridgwater today.
councillors are keen to see the garden centre injecting more funding
into Burnham town centre if the planning application is to proceed,
similar to the deal
recently struck with Tesco.
comes after Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade said last year that
the proposals could hurt town centre trade by several million
pounds every year.
Chairman of the Chamber, Alex Turco, told Burnham-On-Sea.com at
the time: "The Chamber would welcome this development if
it were demonstrated that it would be positive for the Burnham-On-Sea
this development presents a risk that jobs and revenue will be
diverted from the existing economy of Burnham, with which we are
immediately concerned, as well as that of Highbridge."
which bought the garden centre in 2007, wants to increase the
size of the store's covered building to 63,000 square feet and
generate over 100 new jobs. The proposal would also see the number
of car parking spaces rise from 369 to 411, and a new roundabout
introduced on the A38 to cope with traffic.
manager Peter Burks believes the extended store would have no
impact on the trade of Burnham shops. "I really don't think
it should make any difference to businesses in Burnham at all,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "Our initial planning application
restricted the number and type of products we could sell to reduce
competition with shops in Burnham, and we have no intention of
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