Published: February 10, 2009
£4m expansion of garden centre near Burnham is approved

Controversial plans for a 35,000 square foot expansion of a garden centre near Burnham-On-Sea were approved by district councillors on Tuesday (February 10th).

Sanders Garden World boss Peter Burks told Burnham-On-Sea.com he was "very pleased" by the news.

It comes after members of Sedgemoor's Development Control Committee voted in favour of the scheme at a meeting in Bridgwater.

Wyevale, which bought the garden centre in 2007, will increase the size of the store's covered building to 63,000 square feet and hopes to generate over 100 new jobs.

The proposals also see the number of car parking spaces rising from 369 to 411, and a new roundabout being introduced on the A38 to cope with traffic.

Mr Burks said while there is "no schedule for the building work to begin", he added that Wyevale is "very keen" on expanding the store despite the £4m price tag.

The application was granted subject to a so-called '106 agreement' for the shared use of the footpath/cycleway link to the site and the pedestrian crossing at the Fox and Goose/White Cross junction.

Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade warned last year that the proposals could hit the trade of town centre businesses by several million pounds every year.

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