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Green light to Elveden garden centre, farm shop and restaurant/café plan, which could create 100 jobs

A new garden centre, farm shop and restaurant/café complex in Elveden has been given the green light.

Elveden Farms Limited applied to construct a 3,886 building within its walled garden area, with Elveden Courtyard’s existing car park expanded to 400 spaces.

It is thought the facility could create more than 100 jobs and create a ‘tourist destination’.

Velvet Magazine: The Courtyard at Elveden Estate...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (25603780)
Velvet Magazine: The Courtyard at Elveden Estate...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (25603780)

The scheme would see the courtyard’s existing shop and restaurant relocated to the new indoor and outdoor garden centre complex. The existing courtyard would be re-let.

Currently, the walled garden area is only used seasonally, for events.

Thetford Garden Centre told planners it was concerned about the scheme’s impact.

“It will put a significant impact on our business and therefore our £3 million investment may now not be feasible, meaning any jobs they create will be cancelled out from the ones we would have created,” it said.

“We are a true independent, family business with very strong links to the local community and therefore need protecting to some extent.”

Meanwhile, Historic England raised concerns over the proposals potentially harming the historical significance of the naerby grade I-listed Elveden Hall.

West Suffolk Council planners said in a report: “The benefits of the development in terms of increased spend in the local area, employment and tourism are considered to significantly outweigh the identified minor harm in respect of the setting of the walled garden area and the impact on the conservation area.”

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