New £16m Garden Centre development at Scotch Corner Planned

Plans have been submitted for a new £16m Garden Centre at Scotch Corner. The outlet would be built next to the Scotch Corner Designer Village, which has already been granted planning permission.

It has been confirmed the Garden Centre would be operated by Blue Diamond Garden Centres, which currently has 30 outlets across the UK and Channel Islands. Plans show the Garden Centre would have 14,775 of floorspace and will include indoor and outdoor sales areas, as well as a cafe, restaurant and car park. The applicants say they believe it would create 180 full and part-time jobs. The scheme was initially due to be completed by summer 2020, however this was later moved back to the autumn of 2021.

Documents submitted with the plans state: “The developments will create a wide range of employment opportunities including management roles, sales consultants, stockroom and warehouse staff, and office-based roles.

“The development will be operated by a well-established and high quality national retailer that can be expected to provide good quality training and development for staff.”

It adds: “The proposed development will deliver enhanced consumer choice to residents of Richmondshire and the surrounding area.

“The scheme will make an efficient use of an important site, in a location which has long been identified as being suitable for major development, and which is close to a consented new retail destination.

Importantly, the application scheme will deliver positive benefits and will create significant new employment opportunities. No significant adverse impacts of this scheme are anticipated.”

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