Richmond businesses raise concerns over proposed Scotch Corner garden centre

An artist's impression of the proposed garden centre.

Businesses in Richmond have raised concerns about the impact of a large garden centre proposed for Scotch Corner.

Plans have been submitted for a new £16m garden centre next to the Scotch Corner Designer Village, which has already been granted planning permission.

Developers behind the scheme say business will only bring “positive benefits” to the area, but businesses in Richmond disagree.

Members of Richmond Business and Tourism Association have voted to submit an objection against the planning application.

Marcia McLuckie, chair of Richmond Business and Tourism Association, said members believed there was potential damage from the proposed development to Richmond retailers and other garden centres in a wide area.

She added: “We are certain that there will be an economic impact on Richmond, particularly on small businesses and tourism.

“It isn’t exclusively a specialised garden centre as it will have a food hall including fresh meat and delicatessen, as well as convenience goods, gifts, kitchenware and more.

“It should be noted that food retailing wasn’t allowed for the Designer Village.”

Business say the scheme could also add to traffic problems at the junction and lead to more local motorists cutting through Gilling West to get to the A66 and A1(M).

The garden centre would be operated by Blue Diamond Garden Centres, which already has 30 outlets across the UK and Channel Islands.

The garden centre would have 14,775 of floorspace and would include indoor and outdoor sales areas, as well as a cafe, restaurant and car park.

The application has been submitted to Richmondshire District Council by the people behind the designer village.

Scotch Corner Designer Village is due to open in 2023, Scotch Corner Richmond LLP, the developers behind the scheme, said in August.