UK: Great Wakering plant nursery could be demolished for housing

A popular plant nursery that's been part of the local community for 15 years could face demolition to be transformed into housing. Plans to build 14 new homes on the land adjacent to 43 Shoebury Road in Great Wakering were validated last Tuesday (September 26) after the proposal was submitted to Rochford District Council in August.

The land is located within the Green Belt and is currently occupied by the plant and tree nursery Mediterranean Plants & Trees, which has been running since at least 2008. The website highlights they have a stock of exotic trees and plants, including olive, palm, and citrus trees.

The site is owned by the fruit and vegetable grower company Friend's Farm. According to the design and access statement, the site reportedly contains several other buildings/structures, which are largely dilapidated and used for temporary storage purposes unrelated to the plant nursery use.

Plans presented by applicant construction and developing company Auburn Group Limited also include knocking down the three large greenhouses occupied by Mediterranean Plants and Trees and other housing developments on the brownfield site. Proposed housing would be market housing offering three 2-bedrooms, seven 3-bedrooms, and four homes that have 4-6 bedrooms.


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