Plans to build up to nine homes at the former Whitegate Nurseries on Stockwood Hill in Keynsham have been unveiled.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has received a ‘permission in principle’ planning application from Mase Construction Ltd for land at the former garden centre and plant nursery.
The application says the proposed residential development takes account of the “sensitive” location of the site, which is in the Green Belt.
Access would be via the existing access from Stockwood Hill. The road around the site would be one-way, operating in a clockwise direction.
A courtyard development is proposed and the homes, which would have three of four bedrooms, would have “high sustainability credentials” including flat roofs in a sedum or green roof finish.
In August 2018 (Issue 536) we reported that Whitegate Nurseries had closed after 64 years. The garden centre was started by David Morris on a large plot of land on Stockwood Hill that his father had bought.
He turned it into a flourishing nursery but said that having been hit by £10,000-a-year business rates by B&NES Council and competition from big retailers like B&Q and supermarkets, where shoppers can pick up plants when they do their weekly shop, he was having to wind up the business, although he and wife would continue to run their B&B on the site.
The planning reference is 20/04138/PIP.
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