Holly Farm garden centre in Prees creates jobs due to expansion

A major development at a garden centre near Whitchurch has been given the go-ahead. Holly Farm on Whitchurch Road in Prees has received permission to create a single-storey retail and cafe building.

The structure will also be fitted with roof mounted solar panels.

The proposal was put forward as the owners, who took over the business three years ago and felt the customer facilities are “poor and well short of the facilities offer by comparable businesses”.

A statement by the agent, Gary Chesters, noted: “While they took over a well-established and well-run business, it has taken most of this time to consolidate and established themselves into the existing business.

“Having now done so they wish to improve customer facilities.”

The proposal received the backing of Prees Parish Council and is said to create two full-time and two part-time jobs.

In approving the application, planning officer Alison Groom said: “The proposed retail store and cafĂ© to support the running of the existing nursery business is acceptable in principle, and it is evident that there is a need for the

improved facilities on the site.

“It is not considered that there would be any significant adverse impacts of the proposal that would outweigh the benefits. The layout, scale, appearance of the scheme has been considered and is acceptable and of an appropriate design while having no significant adverse impact on surrounding amenity, furthermore it would not result in significant or demonstrable harm to the character and appearance of the locality.”

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