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Garden centre plan goes to appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:24 17 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK businessman today said he would never give up on his plans to open a garden centre in Kesgrave.

Despite two controversial applications to build the centre being thrown out by Suffolk Coastal District Council, an appeal has now been submitted.

A SUFFOLK businessman today said he would never give up on his plans to open a garden centre in Kesgrave.

Despite two controversial applications to build the centre being thrown out by Suffolk Coastal District Council, an appeal has now been submitted.

The appeal is for the first application that was submitted last year by garden centre owner Chris Ling to build on land north of the A1214 opposite St. Olaves Road.

Residents in the area and Kesgrave Town Council have bitterly opposed the plans fearing it will bring traffic chaos to an already busy road as well as destroying an ancient hedge that provides a habitat for wildlife.

Mr Ling said that he is utterly determined to open a garden centre on the land.

He said: "There is absolutely no reason why we should not open a garden centre there – the policy allows us to do so.

"We are utterly determined to see it through until the end and will keep applying and appealing to make sure we get this."

In response to the application, clerk of Kesgrave town council, Veronica Read said: "We are very disappointed at the appeal.

"In view of the traffic evidence that has been provided, it will be six times more than Mr Ling's consultant said it would be."

An angry resident also said that they would carry on the fight and would not let their piece of countryside be built on.

He said: "The only reason it was opposed the last two times was because it was against local government policies.

"We will continue to oppose it through the town council and the district council and will fight all the way."

Mr Ling already owns a garden centre on Martlesham Heath but wants to close it because he cannot expand there.

Suffolk Coastal's development control committee threw out the last application, which was a revised form of the first one, because they felt it would be a blot on the landscape.

Although Mr Ling insisted the new centre would only generate an extra 440 cars a day to the already traffic logged A1214, new figures suggested a development of this size could generate up to 2,700 daily movements.

The original plans were for 1,680 square metres of glasshouses, a 762 square metre plant protection canopy and an outside area for the display and sale of garden plants and products.

Some changes were made in the revised application in a bid to make the centre more environmentally friendly, such as replanting the hedge that Mr Ling said was in fact dying.

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