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POLICY EP13 - Garden Centres and Farm Shops

  1. Proposals for new or the expansion of existing garden centres or farm shops will only be permitted provided that:
    1. it is demonstrated that the development either individually or cumulatively with otherdevelopment does not undermine the viability or vitality of nearby town centres or localshopping facilities;
    2. existing buildings are used wherever possible;
    3. the development is not intrusive within the landscape and;
    4. the site or establishment is preferably accessible by public transport or other sustainable forms of travel.
  2. In the case of farm shops, the range of goods to be sold is restricted to foodstuffs, plants and rural craft products, produced locally. The creation of new or an extension of existing garden centres or farm shops in the open countryside and unrelated to a settlement will only be acceptable if it is clearly ancillary to and on the site of an existing horticultural business or existing farming operation.

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