Barrow garden centre plan 'insurance policy'

Barrow garden centre plan 'insurance policy'

Barrow garden centre plan 'insurance policy'

First published in News

AN established garden centre in the Ribble Valley could close and be redeveloped into houses if sales don’t start to pick up, according to the company.

Plans to build 43 properties on the site of Hansons Garden Centre in Barrow have recently been approved by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The firm, which has been on the site from around 80 years, currently employs eight full and part-time staff but has said that it has ‘no plans’ to close soon.

The Whalley Road business has been run by the Hanson family for the last 11 years and has described the planning application as an ‘insurance policy’ in case sales continue to be poor.

The application was submitted to the council in August last year following a two-month consultation with residents. he plans, which were sent in by proprietor Chris Hanson, were objected to by the parish council and other residents.

Lindsey Hanson, who is a director at the firm, said: “We have no plans to close the garden centre at the moment and it’s business as usual.

“It’s obviously tough at the moment because people have less money and there is a lot of competition out there.

“We really do not want to shut the business but if sales continue to be poor then it’s something that we are going to have to seriously look at.

“Garden centres are getting quieter and quieter these days and we are also facing competition from places such as supermarkets who sell what we sell.

“The application is just an insurance policy and we are all hoping that we don’t have to go down that road.

“We want to keep on going and that’s very much what we are focusing on at the moment.”

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5:55pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Steve Rush says...

I thought planning permission for new houses was sought and granted because there was a need for new homes. I was not aware it could be used as a form of insurance!!!
I thought planning permission for new houses was sought and granted because there was a need for new homes. I was not aware it could be used as a form of insurance!!! Steve Rush
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6:09pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Legal Beagle says...

Insurance policy? Yeah, right! There's no way if this place traded for a hundred years it would make as much money as a nice lucrative sale for housing development.

I'd bet this would be the fastest cashed in `insurance policy' in the history of insurance policies.
Insurance policy? Yeah, right! There's no way if this place traded for a hundred years it would make as much money as a nice lucrative sale for housing development. I'd bet this would be the fastest cashed in `insurance policy' in the history of insurance policies. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 9

10:20pm Tue 18 Feb 14

charmed-one says...

I'm quite sure that if it was just for 'an insurance policy', Chris Hanson would not have to gone to the huge expense of having these plans drawn up. Factor in the cost of all the 'expert' surveys (and have a look at the application on RVBC website for all this) and it's perfectly obvious he has every intention of joining the 'free for all' of planning developments in the borough - sorry, I don't mean 'borough', I mean Barrow, Whalley and Clitheroe, as all the villages have managed to get away without any developments being dumped upon them!
I'm quite sure that if it was just for 'an insurance policy', Chris Hanson would not have to gone to the huge expense of having these plans drawn up. Factor in the cost of all the 'expert' surveys (and have a look at the application on RVBC website for all this) and it's perfectly obvious he has every intention of joining the 'free for all' of planning developments in the borough - sorry, I don't mean 'borough', I mean Barrow, Whalley and Clitheroe, as all the villages have managed to get away without any developments being dumped upon them! charmed-one
  • Score: 8

3:14pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

It smells very strange and it certainly isn't from a horse. So could the other 900 + houses planned for Barrow just be an insurance policy too, I somehow doubt it. Once more our highly incompetent planning department have triumphed again.
It smells very strange and it certainly isn't from a horse. So could the other 900 + houses planned for Barrow just be an insurance policy too, I somehow doubt it. Once more our highly incompetent planning department have triumphed again. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 4

3:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Steve Rush wrote:
I thought planning permission for new houses was sought and granted because there was a need for new homes. I was not aware it could be used as a form of insurance!!!
Why don't we all apply for planning permission in our own gardens for a single, or in some cases multiple dwellings ? If we then hit on hard times, we've all got an insurance policy ?

If Carlsberg created comedy planning departments, Ribble Valley's would be it.
[quote][p][bold]Steve Rush[/bold] wrote: I thought planning permission for new houses was sought and granted because there was a need for new homes. I was not aware it could be used as a form of insurance!!![/p][/quote]Why don't we all apply for planning permission in our own gardens for a single, or in some cases multiple dwellings ? If we then hit on hard times, we've all got an insurance policy ? If Carlsberg created comedy planning departments, Ribble Valley's would be it. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 4

3:58pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Steve Rush wrote:
I thought planning permission for new houses was sought and granted because there was a need for new homes. I was not aware it could be used as a form of insurance!!!
Perhaps this is why the Core Strategy has been thrown back at them, they hadn't included a section in the document as a need for housing as an insurance policy. To call them half-wits, would be an insult to the genuine half-wits out there.
[quote][p][bold]Steve Rush[/bold] wrote: I thought planning permission for new houses was sought and granted because there was a need for new homes. I was not aware it could be used as a form of insurance!!![/p][/quote]Perhaps this is why the Core Strategy has been thrown back at them, they hadn't included a section in the document as a need for housing as an insurance policy. To call them half-wits, would be an insult to the genuine half-wits out there. Birtrumthegreat
  • Score: 4

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