A £12m scheme to redevelop Fermoy’s garden centre to make it the ‘best and most prestigious’ garden centre in the South West is taking a step forward.
Teignbridge District Council’s planning committee gave the green light to the plan to rebuild Fermoy’s at Ipplepen with a striking Victorian greenhouse scheme earlier this year.
But ahead of the work beginning, Fermoy’s owners Blue Diamond are seeking permission to relocate 980 solar panels at the site to land at the northern side of the site that is currently partially occupied by the Devon Bird of Prey Centre.
It also includes the placing of inert fill material arising from the garden centre development to level out the site.
Fermoy’s Garden Centre
The application, submitted to planners, says: “We are seeking to obtain planning permission for the installation of solar arrays which are currently located elsewhere on the Garden Centre site. Permission is also sought for engineering works to regrade the land.
“The redevelopment permission currently allows for the repositioning of the existing solar arrays onto the roof of the new garden centre building. However, this approach is no longer optimal. As such, an alternative location for the 980 solar arrays has therefore been identified in the northern part of the garden centre site.
“The wider environmental benefits associated with the continued generation of renewable energy greatly outweighs any perceived adverse impacts that the development may have on the surrounding countryside.”
The application adds that the proposals will not impact on the operation of the business or the operations of the Bird of Prey Centre and removes the need to transport material for the redevelopment of the garden centre long distances off site, and provides an alternative location for the solar arrays that are currently situated on the garden centre site
“The wider environmental benefits and sustainably credentials associated with the increased production of energy from renewable sources represent a significant case in favour of the development,” the application concludes.
Fermoy’s Garden Centre
It is hoped it will be completed for Christmas 2018 and while the new build is taking place, the current garden centre will remain open.
When planning was granted for the overall scheme, Peter Burks, Fermoy’s manager, said: “This has been a long time going and we are delighted by this, and it is brilliant for us moving forward.
“When it is built, it will be the best and the most prestigious garden centre in the South West.”
£12million redevelopment plans for Fermoy’s Garden Centre, Ipplepen, Peter Burks where the new building will go
Jim Tarzey, director of Pegasus Group, which has advised Fermoy’s owners Blue Diamond, said the scheme would allow a new purpose-built garden centre fit for the 21st century, said: “It would be a £12million investment and jobs would go from 66 today to 150 if it was to go ahead.”
Fermoy’s will be redesigned with the style of the exterior based on the architecture of the Victorian palm houses found in botanical gardens of the 19th century.
Devon County Council planners will decide the fate of the new application as it involves landfill (waste disposal) and so is a County Council matter.
Source: Devon live