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Bressingham Garden Centre set to expand if planning application is granted approval

A garden centre is seeking permission to extend its main building – in a move which could create a number of new jobs.

Like similar ventures across the country, Bressingham Garden Centre has remained open in recent months, and now appears to be eyeing expansion.

A planning application for the business, which is sited in Low Road, has been lodged, proposing a new single-storey building, which would expand its retail space from 2,815sqm to 3,285sqm.

South Norfolk Council Offices in Long Stratton.
South Norfolk Council Offices in Long Stratton.

If approved, the proposal would also create four full-time and four part-time jobs, in addition to the 32 jobs already generated by the business.

When contacted, a spokesman for the garden centre declined to comment on the plans, but confirmed an application was pending that would generate extra retail space and additional jobs, if approved.

According to the planning application, a new sales area will be built with composite panels, timber cladding and a connecting canopy and will require a reduction in car parking spaces from 236 to 224.

The project is the second restructuring of the garden centre’s buildings in a matter of months, with an application to remove container units, demolish and rebuild part of the building and alter the entrance having been approved and implemented at the end of last year.

The most recent application describes the new space as providing “important economic and social benefits”and helping to “protect the long-term economic future of the business”.

South Norfolk Council’s development management (planning) committee is expected to rule on the plans in the coming months.

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