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Plans to redevelop Meols farm set to be decided this week
12:09pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
A SCHEME for the major redevelopment of a Wirral garden centre complex will be considered by planning councillors this week.
Proprietors of Carr Farm Nursery in Meols want to demolish some of its buildings and replace them.
A report before councillors this Thursday says some buildings and structures have become outdated and are not fit for purpose.
The proposal includes alterations to car parking layout and a new service road plus the creation of an outdoor events area, kitchen garden and display garden.
The site is in Wirral's Green Belt, and covered by stringent planning restrictions that can only be lifted in exceptional circumstances.
The council’s planning director states in his report the applicant has satisfactorily demonstrated the “very special circumstances” required.
The partial demolition of the existing garden centre and construction of replacement buildings “are appropriate to provide facilities for the continuation of the existing garden centre and would not harm the character or detract from the openness of this Green Belt.”
The views of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England were requested by the council.
The group said it supports appropriate use of the Green Belt, but added a request that “effective clauses” be imposed to ensure compliance.
Approval of the scheme is recommended by planning officers, although the final decision will rest with councillors.
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