Almost 18 months ago Teddington Garden Centre withdrew its planning application to redevelop the site into a mixture of retail, office and residential space.
Although the council planning department were interested in the concept, the plans were considered to be too basic to properly form a decision. Architects have now been tasked with preparing a more sophisticated and effective application which will soon be viewable online.
The current wooden buildings are over 20 years old and customers shopping habits have changed immensely for the better. The garden centre is very busy in spring and Christmas but lack customers and interest at other times. To compete, the business needs to improve the shopping experience by increasing the interior space to cater for shopping out of season and also an on-site café – much like other out-of-town and larger garden centres.
Owners are confident that the new design blends well into the surrounding area whilst keeping a long-standing urban garden centre within walking distance of Teddington residents and loyal customers.
[Update 25/10/2011] These plans have been refused permission by Richmond Council planning department