Controversial garden centre plans rejected

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THE government has refused an appeal to build a garden centre in Rowlands Castle.

The Strange family, which owns Keydell Nurseries, took their plans to move their business from Horndean to Rowlands Castle to the Planning Inspectorate after they were twice turned down by East Hampshire District Council.

But, after a public inquiry last month, inspector Andrew Pykett found against Keydell.

In his report he said: ‘On the basis of the evidence submitted before and during the inquiry and my visits to the site and its surroundings, I consider there are two main issues in this case.

‘They are the impact of the scheme on the character and appearance of the site and its surrounding area and the effect of the scheme on traffic and highway safety.’

The district council argued the sprawling buildings would have a huge impact on the rural character of the village.

Rowlands Castle Parish Council objected because of the effect they believe it would have had on the roads.

Keydell wanted to build two main buildings, a glass house and a car park for 250 and 150 space overflow site on the site at Mays Coppice Farm, off Whichers Gate Lane.