HOW Planning has been successful in securing full planning approval on behalf of Quantil, for a glasshouse extension to its Mere House Nurseries, located in an area of greenbelt land on Jacksmere Lane in Scarisbrick, Lancashire.
Planning for the 200,445 sq ft glasshouse had previously been refused and HOW was brought in to review the proposals and submit a revised application which has now been given the go-ahead by West Lancashire Council.
HOW said the application addressed all original concerns that were raised over the openness of the greenbelt and the planning approval will now enable Quantil to increase its wholesale growing business to meet demand for vegetable modules from retailers and garden centres it supplies.
Carol Clarke, associate at HOW Planning, said: "This is a fantastic result for Quantil as it secures the long term future of the company. We took every opportunity to liaise with the community and local stakeholders throughout the process to ensure all concerns were addressed, and we were able to successfully demonstrate that the scheme will not be detrimental to the openness of the surrounding area.
"The decision also supports the Government's recent announcement on the reform of the planning system and is a great example of the presumption in favour of development which aims to promote growth and sustainable economic development."
Quantil has 24 employees and also supplies 50 local farmers with its products.